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Thai_Trans_Woman.jpgPlanned Parenthood health services are open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Whether you’re transgender or cisgender, you can visit a Planned Parenthood health center for STD testing, birth control, physical exams, other sexual and reproductive health services, and referrals.

Planned Parenthood offers transgender hormone services in our Bellingham Health Center.

Our transgender hormone services include:

Transgender Female (MTF) Hormone Therapy including estrogen and spironolactone.

Transgender Male (FTM) Hormone Therapy including testosterone.

Pubertal suppression (use of puberty blockers to stop the changes of puberty).

We may be able to start or continue hormone therapy or pubertal blockers, and provide referrals for gender-qualified therapy and resources if needed. If you are on hormone therapy or pubertal blockers, you can utilize the health center for ongoing care and monitoring.

In order to receive transgender services you need to be over 18 and capable of providing consent for services. We can provide services for younger patients with a parent or guardian’s permission. There are special consents for these services.

 

What to expect on your first visit

In order to decrease the amount of time spent in the waiting room, please call to make an appointment first and request transgender services, and determine insurance status. You may qualify for Medicaid. Our staff will assist you.

When you check in, let our staff know you are there for transgender services. Please provide your preferred name and preferred pronoun (he or she or other) at the time of check in. This way, when you are called back to meet with the clinician, your preferred name and pronoun will be used.

Your insurance may cover testing for sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and some parts of your physical exam if you are at risk for pregnancy or causing a pregnancy. Our staff will explore routine screening recommendations, which may include exams of genitalia or chest.

When you are called back to meet with the clinician, please be honest about your medical history, sexuality and sexual practices. All services are confidential (except in cases of abuse), so being open with the clinician will ensure that you are receiving the best health care.

As a transgender patient seeking services, you may consult with one of our clinicians and receive a physical assessment and lab testing as appropriate for monitoring hormones and your transition.

Our staff will help you understand what your insurance will cover for your visit. If you don’t have insurance, you may be able to get covered under Obamacare. With or without insurance, you can always come to us for your health care.