Ethical Considerations of Medical Gender Affirming Treatment on Children

If there were to be mass consensus on the complicated issue of prepubescent and adolescent gender affirmation treatment, it would be that there is a lack of consensus in many facets of the matter. However, much progress has been made since the first treatment of gender dysphoria (GD) decades ago, and from that progress a few concrete claims have been made. One, gender affirmation treatment (GAT) is beneficial to children who have legitimate and lasting GD. Two, GD can dissipate during adolescence or be conflated with other psychopathology, consequently harming the child with unnecessary gender affirmation treatment. Finally, it is very difficult to differentiate between the two groups stated above.