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Minimally invasive procedures in gender-affirming care, trans health experts recommend

DATE & TIME: August 24, 2023, 12:00 PM. FILED UNDER: Feature. LINK TO POST:

This month, in a commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the 2022 World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care Version 8 (WPATH SOC8) recommended inclusion of minimally invasive procedures - in addition to hormone therapy - should be part of gender-affirming care.

Such procedures include hair removal and facial injectables, and are being forwarded "[to] support the process of transition in a timely fashion; evidence supports their therapeutic benefits in the field of gender-affirming care."

The local LGGBTQI-interest online magazine Outrage, in its coverage of this story, emphasized:

"Although hormones and surgery are common in helping people transition, hair removal and facial transformation are important for many people in gender transition. These relatively low-risk options are more accessible than surgical care with long wait-lists, and can be complementary to other approaches."

Read the CMAJ commentary penned by Katie Ross and Sarah Fraser, and read WPATH SOC8 in the Internation Journal of Transgender Health. (Download PDF copy