When it comes to gender identity and related concerns, our first step is to listen. Some youth are exploring their identity. Others know that how they feel inside does not match up with the gender they were assigned at birth. We help sort through these questions.
After an initial consultation, we offer a thorough readiness, assessment, which helps us gain a comprehensive understanding of your needs. The assessment includes obtaining information from you and your family. It takes six or eight hours and can be done in one day or divided among several sessions. If we determine that you or your family need any mental-health or other support, we can link you with resources at Yale Medicine or within the community.
After the evaluation and when all agree that it is safe, healthy and appropriate, we offer a variety of medical treatments related to gender affirmation. These may include puberty-blocking treatments, cross-hormone therapies and gender-affirming surgery (available only for patients age 18 and older).
If you are in crisis, call the confidential toll-free National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If texting is easier, you can also text the National Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.