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AceofSpades42
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Does anyone know the legal age that you have to be to start Hormone Replacement Therapy? I know it differs between country, state, and whether or not you have parent consent. I would really like to know how old you have to be with and without parent consent in Japan, New York (U.S.), Massachusetts (U.S.), and Kentucky (U.S.)
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Robin Lee
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Hi AceofSpades42,

I don't know this, but can do some research. Have you done any research of your own? If so, what have you found?

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AceofSpades42
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I haven't found much, only the legal age for England, and the age you must be if you want to transition without parent consent in the U.S. (18).
Thanks for helping with the research.

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My understanding is that there is not a set age in the US, at least according to the Standards of Care as set forth by WPATH (and followed by most doctors in the US that treat trans patients). The language in the Standards of Care hinges on the "age of medical consent" if the parents/guardians do not want to authorize hormonal treatment.
I found this chart which shows if minors can legally consent to medical treatment, broken down by state, which may be helpful; the catch is that I'm not sure what category hormone therapy would fall under here.

So it looks like your best bet would be to ask individual doctors in your area (or whatever area you think you might be trying to access medical care). Even with the Standards of Care as a loose medical standard, there are doctors who are more or less strict with that as a guideline.

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Thank you very much, Molias! I'm thinking that the only category it would fit under would be General Medical Health Services. Can you make any sense of this?

7. Minor may consent if a parent; also if married in DE, KY, ME, MD, MN, MS, MO and NV; also if married or pregnant in CO, FL, IL, MA, MT, NJ, NY and OK.

If a parent ____?

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Hi AceofSpades42,

I took a look at the chart to see if I could help and it looks to me like it is saying that a minor can consent to medical care if they are a parent. So if you are a minor and you have children of your own then you can consent to your medical care.

I think the best thing to do would be to call doctor(s) in you area and ask them directly. That way you know for sure and you have a chance to ask questions.

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Heather
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AceofSpades: are you already under the care of a therapist who could prescribe HRT for you?

If not, I'd suggest taking that initial step and starting that process first. That way, you'll have a person who will know the legal policies in your area to the letter, and since it's also the only bonafide way for you to get HRT anyway, it's something you'd have to start with regardless, you know?

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I would imagine that the decision is made by a qualified medical practitioner to treat a medical problem irrespective of age.
Who decied you needed HRT?

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Thank you Heather and Meggsy. I do have a therapist, but before I do anything further, I think I need to work up the courage and tell my parents about all of this. I think that would help quite a bit.
Meggsy: I did, but I'm not completely sure it's what I want, yet.

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And Haleigh! Sorry! I didn't mean to forget you. I may post here again once I've talked to my parents.
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Heather
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My point in asking about the therapist was that you can ask them all of these questions, and they'll be the best person to have the most relevant answers. [Smile]

And, of course, you can ask these kinds of questions without starting HRT just yet or, if you decided against it at any time, starting it at all.

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