Identifying as transgender or gender noncomforming is not uncommon in the college population. In a recent survey of college students, 0. Professional medical organizations are increasingly recognizing the medical necessity of treating gender dysphoria. Many insurance companies, including student health insurance carriers, now provide coverage for hormone therapy for transgender individuals. As a result, more transgender students are presenting for care, including psychiatric care, in college health centers. In this article, I provide a brief overview of what types of hormone treatment transgender young adults may undergo and cover some of the particular psychiatric concerns in this population.
Feminizing hormone therapy
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Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on Oct 7, Feminizing hormone therapy is used to induce physical changes in your body caused by female hormones during puberty secondary sex characteristics to promote the matching of your gender identity and your body gender congruence. If feminizing hormone therapy is started before the changes of male puberty begin, male secondary sex characteristics, such as increased body hair and changes in voice pitch, can be avoided. Feminizing hormone therapy is also referred to as cross-sex hormone therapy. During feminizing hormone therapy, you'll be given medication to block the action of the hormone testosterone. You'll also be given the hormone estrogen to decrease testosterone production and induce feminine secondary sex characteristics.
Study finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy
I decided to come out to my family and friends as transgender at At the time I didn't really know what impact that decision would have on my life, but I knew I'd been in the wrong body for as long as I could remember. I didn't quite have the words to articulate my feelings until I found a YouTube of someone transitioning. I realized there was a medical term for the feelings, and that I too could transition to the gender I identified with — I was born a boy, but now I could become a girl. Luckily, everyone I told was extremely understanding and supportive.
Transgender women on hormone therapy may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular problems, such as stroke, blood clots and heart attack, researchers reported Monday. The study was done by reviewing eight years of medical records of nearly 5, transgender patients in the Kaiser Health system, and looked at patients over the age of 18 who took hormones for gender transition. Over 97, cisgender patients — people whose sex assigned at birth matches their gender identity — with similar age and health characteristics were studied for comparison. The study found that transgender women, who are assigned the male sex at birth, were twice as likely as cisgender men or women to have the blood clot condition venous thromboembolism.