Should I start taking testosterone ?


Hey Jocelyn !

Thanks for writing to AlterHeros ! As I understand your question, you would like to take testosterone to begin a sex change, but you think that you need to be 18 for that.

I don’t know from what part of Canada you are, but in Quebec, it takes 14 years old to consent to a medical treatment. But, it is true that sometimes, doctors are afraid to prescribe hormones for sex-change to someone who is young, because they are afraid that the person would change his mind, etc. But, I think that taking advices from people who had made the same process is always good. So you can start looking for help groups for people who are doing a sex change in your city. In Montreal, I would tell you to go to Project 10 : www.p10.qc.ca, who are doing counselling, and group meetings for youth.

And, it is always helpful to have the support of your parents, even if you can give your own consent to the medical treatment. So if you feel that they are supportive, feel free to talk to them about it, about your fears, your joys, etc…

Good luck !

François, for AlterHeros.


About François Paquette

Impliqué au sein d’AlterHéros depuis 2004, François fait partie du conseil d’administration depuis 2005, à titre de vice-président puis de directeur de l’intervention. Il occupe ce poste de mai 2005 à mai 2007, puis de novembre 2007 à maintenant. Diplômé de l’UQAM en sexologie et de l’Université McGill en travail social, il a été employé dans de nombreuses organisations communautaires allosexuelles montréalaises, telles que la CJMLH et le REJAQ, en plus de travailler dans différents endroits du réseau de la santé.

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