Saturday, June 10, 2017

Somebody Please Explain What The Hell This Is

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to Iowa’s only pediatric lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LBGTQ) clinic. This specialized clinic is staffed by a pediatric endocrinologist – a doctor who works with the system that produces hormones – as well as a family medicine doctor.  A pediatric psychiatrist with special expertise in the diagnosis of gender dysphoria (as well as all other psychiatric issues in children) as well as evaluation for appropriateness of hormone therapy for gender transition is also available. The primary focus of the pediatric LGBTQ clinic is to provide hormone therapy for children undergoing gender transition, are transgender, a-gender, or gender-questioning.  Our care team will also provide evaluation for other hormonal disorders of puberty and gender, and sexual development disorders.  All LGBTQ clinic staff are trained through the Safe Zone Project to ensure a welcoming and affirming environment for patients and families.  Adult patients are cared for at the UI Health Care LGBTQ clinic.

From the Univ. of Iowa Medical Clinic

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