The Gender and Sexual Development Clinic at WVU Medicine Children’s is an outpatient multidisciplinary clinic aimed at supporting young people as they navigate gender identity development, sexual orientation, and/or differences in sexual development. As specialists in pediatric and adolescent gender and sexual development, we recognize the importance of providing individualized care to our patients that aids them in their physical, mental, and social development.
Our clinic supports patients and their families on their journey, providing evidence-based treatment options, including medical, behavioral health, and parent support.
The Gender and Sexual Development Clinic cares for pediatric patients up to age 18 with family-centered, multidisciplinary care. The clinic will also see patients between the ages of 18 and 25 individually for informed consent-based gender-affirming care. Patients include gender expansive or gender-questioning children and adolescents; transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents; children and adolescents questioning or exploring sexual orientation; and children and adolescents with differences in sexual development (intersex).
Navigating childhood gender identity and sexual development can be challenging for any family, especially when patients and families experience difficulties with peers, schools, family members, and their communities. The Gender and Sexual Development Clinic is here to support patients and their families with therapists, care navigators, parent support, and medical providers with expertise in supporting gender-diverse children and adolescents.
Our goal is for every young person who enters our clinic to feel seen and affirmed, for every caregiver to know that we are here to advocate for their child side-by-side, and to be a resource to our community.
What to Expect
The care we provide is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We are here to support the wide range of lived experiences. Our initial appointments are longer than a typical medical appointment. This allows us to meet as a team as medical and mental heath providers experienced in working with gender-diverse, sexual minority, and intersex young people and their families.
We will provide opportunities for caregivers and youth to meet together and individually with each provider, ensuring a thorough understanding of where the young person and their family are on their journey. Subsequent visits may include the full team, or may be with only a mental health provider or physician, depending on the treatment plan and specific needs of that patient.
Treatments and Services
Our clinic was designed to be multidisciplinary, where providers, therapists, and specialists work together to ensure the best possible care for our patients, all in one location. Telemedicine appointments are also available.
Our team can provide:
- Individual therapy with a mental health provider who has expertise in gender and sexual development in children and adolescents
- Psychiatric consultation for diagnostic clarity and medication and/or treatment management
- Parent/caregiver support
- Care navigation, advocacy, and support
- Gender-affirming medical consultation
- Menstrual suppression medication
- Pubertal blocking medication
- Gender-affirming hormones
A formal referral is not required to schedule an appointment at the WVU Medicine Children’s Gender and Sexual Development Clinic unless required by patient insurance. Physicians can contact the clinic for information. Parents or caregivers can schedule an appointment by calling 304-598-4835 and asking for an appointment with the Gender and Sexual Development Clinic.