Transgender Youth Experiences with Implantable GnRH Agonists for Puberty Suppression
This descriptive study reports caregiver experiences with GnRH agonist implants among a cohort of youth followed in a pediatric hospital-based gender clinic. We administered a survey to 36 of 55 eligible caregivers ascertaining demographics and satisfaction, with a medical record review of any surgical complications. The overwhelming majority (97.1%) reported satisfaction with the procedure and would undergo the implant procedure again (94.4%). The most frequent challenges noted were about affordability (39.8%) and insurance denials (39.8%). Implantable GnRH agonist can be used successfully in pediatric patients with gender dysphoria. Future policy should seek to address concerns regarding insurance approval and reimbursement.