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.
Clinical services include:
- Evaluation of the gender-questioning or transgender child
- Hormone therapy for blocking the onset of puberty
- Hormone therapy for gender transition (testosterone and/or estrogen)
- Evaluation of both children and adults with possible disorders of sexual differentiation (formerly called intersex disorders)
- Resource and referral information and assistance