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About Florence Paré

Florence Ashley, B.C.L., LL.B. LL.M. Candidate, McGill University McGill Research Group on Health & Law Fellow SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Master's Award

by Florence Ashley B.C.L., LL.B

Hormonal interventions for trans youth are subject to controversy in the media and certain clinical circles. A recent blog post for BMJ EBM Spotlight described hormonal interventions for trans youth as “largely experimental” and cautioned that the available evidence didn’t allow informed clinical decision making. This assessment stands in stark contrast with the commonplaceness of hormonal interventions in trans youth care.

Determining how much evidence is needed for a practice to be deemed sufficiently safe involves a value judgement. Although more evidence on various hormonal regimens is welcomed by trans health clinicians, current evidence demonstrates enough safety to justify the prescription of puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy.…

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