What is hormone therapy?
Hormone therapy (HT) is one way for transgender individuals to feel and look more like the gender with which they identify. HT is a component of a medical transition which is used to change the body’s endocrine system to more closely match the person’s gender identity. HT can include testosterone-blocking agents (or anti-androgens) along with hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, or testosterone.
Why is Planned Parenthood offering gender-affirming hormone therapy?
Providing gender-affirming hormone therapy aligns with our mission of enabling all people to make empowered, informed decisions about their bodies and lives. Nationally, Planned Parenthood is the second largest provider of transgender hormone therapy services. We are committed to providing care that is supportive of transgender and gender non‐conforming patients.
What other services do you offer?
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is proud to be your sexual health care provider in every way. In addition to hormone therapy, please know that a range of services are available, including birth control, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing and prevention (e.g. PrEP), clinical breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, abortion care, and more.
All Planned Parenthood patients are asked to provide their name and pronouns at check-in so that we can serve our patients with the highest level of courtesy. For security, all patients are required to present an ID, and we understand that your name and the name on your ID may not match.
At your initial visit, your clinician will discuss with you the informed consent process, your 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 the visit, many patients are prescribed hormones that same 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.
From Houston Public Media:
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Nonprofit Pivots to Telemedical Treatments and Therapies Amid Pandemic
From OutSmart Magazine:
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Expands Trans Health Care
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