The Gender Clinic provides treatment with puberty blockers and/or gender-affirming hormones for transgender and gender-questioning youth up until their 17 birthday.
We have developed a
Gender Clinic Roadmap (PDF) to help you better understand the referral and appointment process.
Intake visit: The Intake appointment is not a medical appointment, but it's the first step to connecting with our gender clinic. During this visit, you will meet the nurse and social worker. They will get some background information on your gender journey, social history, current supports and more.
For medical treatment with puberty blockers and/or hormones, you will need to have a readiness assessment. The assessment must be completed by a trans-competent mental health assessor before you see a pediatric endocrinologist.
We can discuss options for mental health assessments during the intake appointment. If you would like to connect with an assessor before the intake appointment, you can contact us for a list of recommended assessors.
The intake visit takes about 1 hour, but plan on being at the hospital for 1½ hours.
First medical visit: You will be scheduled to see a pediatric endocrinologist after our clinic receives a report from a trans-competent mental health assessor that recommends medical treatment.
The clinic endocrinologist will talk to you about your health and may do a 'physical' (check-up). An endocrinologist-in-training may assist.
Youth and parents are welcome to see the clinic staff separately, if they want.
The endocrinologist will discuss the next steps of the process with you based on your visit and your referring doctor's information. Sometimes, blood testing will be recommended. These are done at the hospital or at an outside lab.
Your first medical visit will take at least 2 hours. Plan on being at the hospital for 2½ hours or more. Younger brothers and sisters will find this tiring, and so we suggest parents arrange babysitting for them to make your visit more comfortable.
Find out more about the services the
Gender Clinic offers and how to access them. If you or your child needs other types of support related to gender, please visit
Trans Care BC.