Learn about HRT, WPATH,
and health care resources for trans folx.
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WPATH & Informed Consent
WPATH, or the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, is a worldwide organization that sets treatment guidelines for transition-related healthcare.
Informed consent is a model of treatment that was created and advocated for by transgender people.
Mental Health Partners
Review information on mental health professionals who specialize in gender affirming care.
What is HRT?
HRT, or hormone replacement therapy (also referred to as gender-affirming hormone therapy), includes the introduction of a puberty blocker, feminizing hormones like estrogen/progesterone as well as testosterone blockers, or masculinizing hormones/testosterone.
Testosterone helps to encourage the development of a more masculine appearance.
Feminizing hormone therapy involves the administration of anti-androgens, estrogen, and progesterone through pills, intramuscular (IM) injections, subcutaneous (SubQ) injections, transdermal (through the skin) patches, and/or topical gel or nasal spray.
Puberty blockers are a reversible option to pause the effects of estrogen or testosterone, and are only administered under the supervision of a trained physician, after getting parental support.
Pediatric Endocrinologists & Clinics
How to Choose a Doctor
Finding trans-friendly medical care.
Explore our list of doctors from across the United States.
Review gender clinics located throughout the United States.
Review our list of gender affirming surgeons located throughout the United States.
Feminizing Surgical Procedures
Learn more about surgical procedures
Masculinizing Surgical Procedures
Resources for navigating health insurance as a trans person.
Binding is the practice of using compression to achieve a flatter or more masculine-looking chest. It’s crucial that you follow safe binding practices every time you bind–failure to do so may result in damage to your ribs, lungs, and future surgical results. When done correctly, binding can be safe to do for up to 8 hours-per-day. It’s essential that you bind responsibly–dysphoria can be brutal, but lung damage or broken ribs from irresponsible use is even worse.
Tucking is the practice of using compression garments or gaffing tape and physical manipulation of the genitals to create a smoother or more feminine appearance in the underwear region. It’s crucial that you follow safe tucking practices every time you tuck to avoid injuring yourself.
When you’re tucking, urinating will not be possible, so it’s important that you relieve yourself before tucking. Restricting your water intake is…
Other Health Concerns
Know how to have safer sex as a trans person.
Scheduling your testing or exam with a trans-competent provider like the ones available at most Planned Parenthood locations may make the experience more comfortable for you. Some providers who have not worked with many trans folks may not know about some of the special considerations that come with trans healthcare.
Disclaimer: Information that is listed on this page should not be considered an endorsement for particular physicians nor medical advice.
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