Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) now offers expanded services for transgender and non-binary patients. We’re committed to improving the way transgender people receive health care, including lowering barriers to that care.
We offer gender affirming hormone care for patients 18 years and older at all of our 27 health centers. You don’t need to participate in therapy or provide information from a mental health provider to receive hormone therapy.
Review your medical history, including your sexual and surgical history and current health practices
Measure your weight and blood pressure
Discuss your transition goals
Draw your blood to watch for potential side effects of hormones
Explain how to take hormones and answer any questions you might have
If hormone therapy is a good fit for you, you'll receive a prescription that you can take to a pharmacy. In addition to gender affirming hormone therapy, Planned Parenthood welcomes patients of all genders and identities to access our wide range of health care services.
Learn how to properly perform an intramuscular (IM) or subcutaneous (SubQ) self-injection.
Gender affirming hormone therapy consists of either feminizing (estrogen) or masculinizing (testosterone) hormones. Many transgender people take hormone therapy as part of a gender transition to help their bodies and appearance align with their gender identity.
Transitioning, or a gender transition, is the process some people may go through to live as the gender with which they identify, rather than the sex assigned to them at birth. Transitioning can involve medical treatment and hormones, changing name and pronouns, altering appearance and dress, or coming out to your friends and family. Not all transgender people transition. Gender affirming hormone therapy is an essential part of transition for many transgender people.
Hormone therapy can make you feel more at ease with yourself, both emotionally and physically. You may be experiencing discomfort because you are not happy with your appearance, or in your gender role. Perhaps your appearance and your gender role are in conflict with your inner sense of gender identity. If this is how you are feeling, hormone treatment may help you to overcome your distress.
No, many transgender people transition without surgery. Some have no desire to pursue surgeries or other medical treatment. If you're interested in surgical options, we can refer you to other health care providers.
Hormones are helpful in making your appearance more masculine or feminine. Beginning gender affirming hormone therapy has many similarities to going through puberty. Although hormones taken in adulthood can help to keep your bones healthy, they can't alter your skeletal shape or your height.
PPGNHI accepts most major insurances and can help you understand the costs of services. Our financial counselors will work with you to determine how to pay for hormone therapy, whether you have insurance or not. We provide care to everyone, regardless of your ability to pay.