hormone therapy

noun

Definition of hormone therapy

: the therapeutic use of hormones: such as
a : the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body especially : hormone replacement therapy
b : therapy involving the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or to inhibit the effects of a hormone (such as estrogen or testosterone) hormone therapy to treat breast or prostate cancer
c : the administration or use of sex hormones (such as estrogen or testosterone) or other agents (such as antiandrogens) to suppress or induce the development of certain secondary sex characteristics to better align with the gender identity of a transgender or gender nonconforming individual Many transgender people take lifelong hormone therapy— Carina Storrs

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Recent Examples on the Web Some research indicates that after a year of hormone therapy begun after puberty, transgender women retain some muscle mass and strength advantages fueled by testosterone. New York Times, 1 June 2021 After undergoing five years or more of hormone therapy, transgender women are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer than are cisgender men. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Physical changes can also come from hormone therapy, which 60%-70% of transgender people are estimated to do, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 24 May 2021 The clinic provides hormone therapy, such as testosterone, but gender surgery is not an option. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, 25 Apr. 2021 The new law prohibits doctors from providing gender confirming hormone therapy, puberty blockers or gender-confirmation surgeries or from referring patients to other health care providers. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2021 The Arkansas SAFE Act would also ban cross-hormone therapy, a gender-affirming treatment that allows for trans people to masculinize or feminize their physical appearance to be more consistent with their gender identity. Lauren Holt, CNN, 28 Mar. 2021 Another bill passed by lawmakers seeks to ban gender-affirming medical treatment for trans minors — including the use of puberty blockers and hormone therapy. NBC News, 18 May 2021 Michele Hutchison, who runs a clinic for hormone therapy and other medical support for transgender adolescents at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, said since the bill passed, four young people in her program have attempted suicide. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2021

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Hormone therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hormone%20therapy. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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hormone therapy

noun
variants: or hormonal therapy

Medical Definition of hormone therapy

: the therapeutic use of hormones: as
a : the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body especially : hormone replacement therapy
b : therapy involving the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or inhibit the effects of a hormone (as estrogen or testosterone) hormone therapy to treat breast or prostate cancer
c : the administration or use of sex hormones or other agents (as antiandrogens) to suppress or induce the development of certain secondary sex characteristics to better align with the gender identity of an individual Many transgender people take lifelong hormone therapy— Carina Storrs

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