Healthy Futures provides Gender Affirming Care (GAC). Gender affirming care uses a multidisciplinary approach to help a person transition from their assigned gender – the one the person was designated at birth – to their affirmed gender – the gender by which one wants to be known.
Our providers support transgender and non-binary individuals to navigate through their gender journey meeting them where they are and working with them to meet their goals. Transition looks different for each person.
Our goal is to help your outward traits match your gender identity. We offer hormone therapy with estrogen or testosterone, other adjunctive medications, referrals for surgery and referrals for other non-surgical treatments.
What is the role of the providers at Healthy Futures?
- Provide an inclusive clinical environment where patients will feel safe talking about their gender.
- Respect the patient’s right to self-determine their gender identity.
- Maintain a gender-affirming approach, including using chosen names and pronouns throughout your visit.
- Discuss the range of gender-affirming health care options available.
- Discuss current plans for navigating transition in relationships, work or school settings and offer support and resources.
- Assist patients to change their name and identification documents if desired.
- Work to stabilize any physical or mental health conditions to ensure they do not pose barriers to the patient accessing gender-affirming interventions.
Patients can receive hormone therapy to increase their levels of estrogen or testosterone so that they develop sex characteristics more closely aligned with their gender identity.
These include more hair growth and increased muscle mass for those transitioning to a more masculine presentation, and breast development and testicular atrophy for those transitioning to a more feminine presentation.
Hormone therapy involves receiving a regular dose of testosterone or estrogen to bring about desired changes to your secondary sex characteristics.
The goal of hormone therapy is usually to raise someone’s hormone level to the average level of that hormone found in cis-gendered people. The physical changes that come with hormone therapy can be irreversible and our providers will discuss the risks of hormone therapy.
Our providers will work with you to check the appropriate labs and monitor your levels while using hormone therapy to make sure it is done safely.