Sexual & Gender Disorders
Connecticut Children’s is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children of all ages with disorders of sexual differentiation or gender identity. Multidisciplinary specialists from genetics, urology, psychiatry, psychology, and endocrinology care for children in our Disorders of Sexual Development clinic and Gender Identity Program, providing treatment options in a family-centered environment where the patient’s feelings are of upmost importance.
A dedicated psychologist directs the mental health care of these patients while both programs are overseen by the medical directors from endocrinology and urology, Priya Phulwani, MD, and Jill Bernstein, MD, respectively.
Clinic for Disorders of Sexual Development
Connecticut Children’s Clinic for Disorders of Sexual Development provides multidisciplinary, highly specialized care to patients with disorders of sexual differentiation such as ambiguous genitalia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, gonadal dysgenesis, androgen insensitivity in infants, children and teens.
Gender Identity Program
Connecticut Children’s Gender Identity Program provides compassionate care to children who express a strong desire to be the opposite gender. Feeling discomfort with their biological sex or feeling inappropriate in a certain gender role can cause distress and lead to other side effects such as low self-esteem and depression.