Hormone therapy can be an exciting prospect, but it can also be intimidating if you aren’t sure what you are getting into. Many transgender and gender non-conforming individuals seek out hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for various gender identity diagnoses. But before you go right to the hormones, you need to educate yourself on the process and what it entails.

Medical and Other Requirements Vary
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Endocrine Society have established guidelines for transgender and gender non-conforming patients seeking hormone replacement therapy, based mostly on clinical experience. Furthermore, these guidelines are just that, and may be different from one patient to the next. The requirements and guidelines for transition-related hormone therapy may vary from one state and medical facility to the next, as well.

Changes Can Be Permanent
While some of the changes caused by hormone injections or treatments may be reversible after stopping the therapy, there are many changes that take place during this process that cannot be (entirely) undone. For female-to-male patients, any voice changes are likely to remain, for example, even if the patient elects to discontinue hormones (often referred to as “de-transitioning”) at any point.

Your doctor will provide you with a full list of things to expect, changes that may occur, and information about what will or won’t be permanent, in terms of the changes that your body goes through.

Insurance Can Help with Hormone Costs
There are many insurance companies today that cover hormone treatments for transgender and gender non-conforming patients. There are also many states that require this coverage be offered to patients, although not all states mandate coverage. If you don’t have insurance, there are discount services like GoodRX that can help offset the costs of hormones, as well. Ultimately, you shouldn’t discourage yourself from transition because of the financial aspect. Hormone replacement therapy can be more affordable than you think.

Get More Help with Hormones and Transitioning
If you are interested in hormone therapy or need to talk to counselors or medical professionals about your transition, CIRCLE CARE Center can help. We are the only primary care clinic in the Southern Connecticut area specializing in LGBTQ healthcare, providing counseling and mental health services along with medical treatment, testing, and support. To learn more about hormone treatments, or any other services we offer, contact us today.