Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is proud to serve transgender people and patients on the spectrum of gender identity and expression for their sexual healthcare needs. Planned Parenthood is committed to improving the way transgender Texans receive health care in our community, including eliminating barriers to that care.
In Spring 2017, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is expanding current healthcare services for transgender patients to include Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy services.
Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy services include:
Transgender Female (MTF) Hormone Therapy including estrogen and spironolactone
Transgender Male (FTM) Hormone Therapy including testosterone
Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy Services are available at the following Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas health centers:
If you are eligible, Planned Parenthood staff may be able to start hormone therapy as early as the first visit. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas follows an informed consent treatment model, which means our patients will not be required to provide an approval letter from a therapist to begin hormone therapy. If you are already receiving hormone therapy, you can contact Planned Parenthood for an appointment for ongoing care and monitoring. Planned Parenthood health center staff will provide referrals for gender-qualified therapy and resources if needed.
Currently, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas does not provide Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy for minors.
Criteria for Starting Hormone Therapy
Hormone readiness is determined through informed consent. Informed consent means you can demonstrate understanding of both the risks and the benefits of hormone therapy and you and your clinician have both decided that this is the appropriate time for you to begin this process. Patients are not required to provide an approval letter from a therapist to start hormone therapy. PPGT believes that when fully informed, patients are capable of determining what is best for themselves and their health. We do encourage patients to connect with a mental health provider as indicated for quality, comprehensive care. Referrals for transgender-friendly mental health providers will be provided upon patient request.
Our criteria for hormone therapy reflect the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) guidelines. Criteria to start hormone therapy may include the following:
- Ability to give informed consent
- Age of majority (18+ years old)
- Persistent gender dysphoria
- Any other medical or mental health issues are reasonably well controlled.
Your clinician will discuss these criteria in detail during your initial visit and determine whether they are fulfilled.
Online Appointment Booking for Transgender Patients
Planned Parenthood is dedicated to making healthcare accessible and welcoming to everyone who needs that care, no matter what. When you make an appointment by phone or in person, and when you arrive for that appointment, your forms and health records at Planned Parenthood will provide appropriately diverse gender options. However, our online scheduling system currently offers limited options for gender and gender identity. Planned Parenthood is working with our online scheduling system vendor to expand options as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, we felt online booking remained an important resource for our transgender patients as we work diligently towards a more inclusive solution. Thank you for your patience.
What To Expect On Your First Visit
Please call to make an appointment first and request transgender services at our Arlington Health Center, Denton Health Center, Plano Health Center, North Austin Health Center or Downtown Austin Health Center.
All Planned Parenthood patients are asked to provide their preferred name and pronouns, in addition to legal names, at check in so that we can serve our patients with the highest level of courtesy.
At your initial visit, your clinician will discuss with you the informed consent process, your gender identity history, and will review both the positive effects and possible risk factors for hormone therapy. A comprehensive history will be obtained and reviewed. The clinician will perform routine lab work to make sure you are a healthy candidate for hormone therapy.
Based on the results of this visit, most patients are prescribed hormones that day. Together, you and your clinician will make the best decision for you.
In order to continue receiving your hormones, you will need to schedule periodic appointments at Planned Parenthood for routine lab work and monitoring. Your clinician will determine the best follow up schedule based upon your needs. Reaching your individualized transition goals will be a gradual process, and your clinician will discuss in-depth what that may look like.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is proud to be your sexual healthcare provider in every way. In addition to hormone therapy services, please know that well-checks, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, clinical breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, abortion care, and other healthcare services are also available for transgender patients.