Sex change treatments for teens and young children are on the rise, according to a new study.
Although still a small number, a recent medical report in the journal Pediatrics revealed that more doctors are giving young patients sex-changing treatments at clinics in the United States.
The treatments include taking drugs to stop puberty, followed by hormone treatments.
Dr. Norman Spack, who wrote the report, said pediatricians need to know there are children who think they were born the wrong sex.
Spack is director of one of America's first gender identity medical clinics at Children's Hospital Boston. The facility averages about 19 of the sex-changing treatments on kids every year.
The treatments often start around age 11.
Despite Spack's claims that these treatments are for the better, many feel they raise serious ethical questions and can do more harm than go