In a recent UK High Court ruling on the use of puberty blockers, Judges have ruled that it was “highly unlikely” that 13-year-olds, and “doubtful” that anyone aged 14 or 15, would understand the full implications of the hormone treatments, and therefore could not give informed consent. 

As a result of the ruling Britain's only NHS Gender Clinic for children has suspended referrals for hormone therapy. This ruling and the suspension of referrals is likely to cause upset and anxiety for those young persons and the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) has prepared a Q&A.

Many experts believe that puberty blockers are safe.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health support the use of puberty blockers for children who want to delay or prevent unwanted physical changes.