Gender and the “perfect” body

I was fortunate to have worked with some of Dr. Phulwani’s patients and this article she wrote says it all, very important information from an expert who truly understands.

Connecticut Children's BLOG

by Priya Phulwani, MD

I am a pediatric endocrinologist with an interest in teens in transition, polycystic ovarian syndrome and gender dysphoria. Not surprisingly I was asked, “What do you make of this whole Caitlyn Jenner thing?” This made me reflect on my recent patients.

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An eighteen year who has not had a period in 6 months because she has severely restricted her calories to look good for college this fall.

A sixteen year old who is anxious about her facial and body hair which she constantly struggles to remove or conceal.

A seventeen year old who was heartbroken to hear from me that growth hormone was not an option at this age to make her get taller.

And the most striking was my transgender young woman – severely depressed that she is too tall and despite estrogen hormone therapy looks too masculine.

It seems to me…

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