Transgender is an umbrella term that can include anyone who feels that their gender identity doesn't match their body. For example someone with a penis who feels female may identify as transgender.
Transgender teens have the same health concerns as any other young people. However, there are some transgender health needs that are unique. Issues surrounding transitioning, (altering one's gender presentation to match one's gender identity) and even accessing appropriate health care can all present challenges.
Here is a partial list of transgender health issues listed by The National Center for Transgender Equality:
- HIV/AIDS and other STD prevention and treatment
- Substance abuse prevention and treatment
- Depression & suicide
- Lack of health insurance
- Lack of health insurance coverage for trans health services
- Gender identity disorder (GID) as the principal diagnostic means determining access to trans health services
- Lack of FDA approval for transgender hormonal therapy
- Injection silicone use
- The misclassification of sex reassignment surgery as "experimental"
While transgender teens should be aware of all of these issues, we are going to focus on three particular areas here: hormones, surgery, and mental health.