We provide quality, compassionate care from an informed-consent model for our transgender patients. We serve transgender people and people at various places on the spectrum of gender identity and expression. We are committed to improving the way transgender people receive health care in our region and we proudly work together with our transgender community to lead the way in eliminating barriers to care.
What services do we offer? We offer preventive sexual health care services as well as hormone therapy for transgender women and men. Patients under our care receive a written prescription for hormones which they fill at a pharmacy. Planned Parenthood does not provide pharmacy services for hormones.
How do I make an appointment? To become a new patient in our Transgender Services Program, please call our Ithaca Health Center at 607.273.1513 for an initial phone intake and let them know you would like a “consultation for transgender hormones.” Someone will either speak to you right away or call you back.
I’m already on hormones, can I transfer my records to Planned Parenthood and become a patient? Yes. If you are already being seen by a medical provider for transgender services but you wish to transfer your care to Planned Parenthood you can do that. You’ll still need to make an appointment and speak with a member of our Transgender Program staff.
How much does it cost? We have billing staff ready to help you figure out costs and payment for this service; we will give you their contact information as part of the initial appointment-making process. There is a fee for service and we do bill insurance. We work to keep the cost of our services as affordable as possible. If you are uninsured or do not wish to use your insurance, we may be able to work with you to set up a payment plan. We also have a special Transgender Health Fund to assist patients facing short term difficulties paying for care. This special fund covers the cost of care at Planned Parenthood and does not cover the cost of hormones. This fund may be able to assist with other care related costs such as transportation to appointments; please let your provider know if you'd like more information.
Please check out our amazingly detailed and useful new booklet for trans people in New York State. At our fabulous LGBT Health and Wellness Program, Out for Health, we’re working hard to increase access to care, information, and support for transgender people in our community.
We are pretty amped to be the very first Planned Parenthood in New York to provide transgender hormone therapy and preventive health services in our Ithaca center and we’ve found that there’s so much more that we can do for our transgender patients and community.
Most recently, we've been getting a ton of questions about the various legal and administrative paperwork processes in New York that many trans people need to do. With the booklet linked above and this webpage what we wanted to create is one place where all of that information was gathered together for ease of use and say, “here, jump in lovely trans person, go to whatever page and process you’d like to and get the information you need!” We’re especially excited to be working with the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services on this project.
We know information changes so we’ll be watching that closely and updating frequently; let us know if you find something we missed or could add to make it easier. Email us at [email protected] or send us a message at outforhealth.tumblr.com, our blog is called QueerTips.
As promised, here are the links to templates for the various letters a trans person may need to use to navigate name and gender marker changes in New York (State, not City, the process is different in the City.) We're especially pleased to share these templates as they have been tested and successfully used by members of our Transgender Advisory Committee which is comprised of local patients in our transgender services program.