Cyproterone Acetate Offers Alternative for Trans-Girls
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Cyproterone acetate (CA) could be a feasible alternative to gonadotropin-releasing analogues (GnRHas) for adolescents undergoing a male-to-female transition, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Adding estrogens to the therapy could provide further benefit, the authors said.
GnRHas are frequently used at the beginning of a transition. But this approach can be expensive, and it's not clear how well it works for patients in late puberty.
The study involved 27 trans-girls in Belgium who underwent CA therapy for an average of 12 months. At that point, a subgroup of 21 patients added estrogens to their therapy for an average of 16 months.
During CA therapy alone, over half the participants had decreases in facial hair. About a third started developing breasts. Once estrogens were added, breast development became more common.
More details on the study, including the authors' recommendations, are available here.
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