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Gender Affirming Care

Welcome to Planned Parenthood!

We want you to have the best patient care experience possible. For far too many in the transgender community, highquality, affirming, and culturally competent health care is hard to find. Providing gender affirming care services aligns with our mission of enabling all people to make empowered, informed decisions about their bodies and lives. 

We are committed to providing care that is supportive of transgender and gender nonconforming patients. We welcome your comments and feedback.

Yours in good health,

‐‐ Dr. Joel Lebed, Medical Director

Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania

Before your appointment please read these important fact sheets.

Getting Ready for Your Appointment

READ ME FIRST! Review what to expect as a new or established patient receiving GAC telehealth services. Information includes how to prepare for your first appointment, payment information, and your follow up care plan.

Insurance and Payment Information

Costs are on a sliding scale fee basis and will be discussed when you make your appointment. For those with insurance, insurance verification will occur prior to the initial visit. Questions? Call (267) 687-6650.

How to Access a Blood Pressure Reading

You will be required to provide a blood pressure reading at your first appointment and ongoing throughout your telehealth care. Here are some suggestions on where you can get your blood pressure read.

Effects of Feminizing Hormone Therapy

Review the physical changes you can expect, the timeline in which you are likely to see changes, and what changes are permanent or reversible.

 

Effects of Masculinizing Hormone Therapy

Review the physical changes you can expect, the timeline in which you are likely to see changes, and what changes are permanent or reversible

Getting Labwork Done

Review the process for getting routine labs done at your local Labcorp facility or scheduling a lab-only appointment through one of our health centers. 

GAC Resource Guide
 

Find providers and resources including various types of healthcare providers, support services, hair removal, voice training, housing resources, helplines, and more. Please reach out to the GAC Service Coordinators (215-351-5561) if you would like assistance locating resources in areas outside of what is provided.

Preparing for Your Injections
 

Review the materials and information you need to perform self-injections. Also includes options for where to access injection supplies.

PPSP Hormone Injection Guide
 

Review in detail the process for performing self-injections.

Where to schedule follow up appointments 

Center City Philadelphia

1144 Locust Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19107
215-351-5560*

Pottstown 

2081 East High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
610-326-8080*

West Chester 

8 S. Wayne Street
West Chester, PA 19382
610-692-1770*

Why is Planned Parenthood providing gender affirming care?

Providing Gender Affirming Care health care services to  transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and genderqueer identified patients aligns with our mission of enabling all people to make empowered, informed decisions about their bodies and lives.

What is hormone therapy?
  • Hormone therapy (HT), also known as medical transition, is one way for transgender individuals to feel and look more like the gender with which they identify. Some, but not all, people also pursue surgical options as a component of medical transition, however PPSP will not be offering surgical options.
  • 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) and hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone.
Why don’t we offer HRT to patients younger than 18?

We’re not offering HT services for those under 18. Helping a teen transition medically is a process which involves not only medical providers, but also mental health professionals and possibly legal services. It also requires the involvement of the family in terms of education and consent. PPSP is not able to offer this service at this time and we will reassess offering HT to patients under 18 in the future.