You may have heard of Trans people utilizing Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT. Hormone Replacement Therapy involves taking hormones and supplementary medications to affect hormone levels in a human body, impacting what are commonly referred to as secondary sex characteristics such as hair growth, amount of chest tissue, muscle mass, and sexual arousal. Not all Trans people want to utilize HRT, and for some Trans people HRT is a great fit. HRT may address some areas of dysphoria, but leave others unaddressed. Working with a counselor and medical doctor is the surest way to help you make the decision that's right for you. Below, we've shared some resources that are imperfect, but could be helpful in deciding if HRT is right for you.
The main barrier for Trans people seeking HRT is funding the process. Starting HRT requires an initial appointment with a doctor who is willing to prescribe, blood labs to check hormone levels, and pavement for prescriptions. Some doctors also require a letter from a counselor in support of starting HRT. Pride Alliance staff are excited to help students make a plan to start HRT, and can help you with the following important steps:
Trans services offered at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic is a great option offered by the Dallas Resource Center as part of their Gender-affirming Health Services. While there is a waitlist to begin treatment, services are lower-cost. This clinic requires a letter from a counselor in support of HRT to seek treatment.
Planned Parenthood Denton offers HRT on an informed-consent basis, which means they do not require a letter from a therapist to begin treatment. Prices for their services vary, but you can make an appointment with Pride Alliance staff, and we'll help you figure it out.
Trans Affirming Surgeries
Not all Trans people want gender affirming surgeries. For Trans people that do have interest in having gender affirming surgery, there is no "right way" to pursue surgery. Learn more about gender affirming surgeries with Dr. Lindsey Doe.
The Meadows Center does not currently employ any doctors who will start HRT plans with patients. Doctors may be willing to help a patient continue an HRT plan. Staff are also happy to help folks with injections of HRT if they are prescribed by another doctor. Visit the Meadows Center's Transgender Health page to learn more.