Transgender Health Care
The University of Pittsburgh Student Health Service serves all students, including those who identify as gender-variant, gender queer, transgender and/or transsexual. Our clinical staff works in conjunction with the individual student to address the health issues most important to the student.
We know transgender people are sometimes hesitant to access health care, so we work hard to create and maintain a space where students can ask questions, get answers, and feel supported when making decisions. We regard students as individuals and coordinate care with students individually and with the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center, or other local mental health care providers to help students navigate the specific medical and mental health needs, concerns, and risks.
We’re not here to judge – We’re here to help.
Initiating and Managing Hormone Therapy
Transgender students interested in cross gender therapy are welcome to come and consult with us. We will work with the student to develop the best treatment plan for them in collaboration with their mental health care provider. We provide services related to cross gender hormonal therapy and provide ongoing care and follow-up after the initiation and initial adjustment of hormones. We can also provide referrals for mental health and other transgender related services such as vocal training, electrolysis, surgery, etc.
Hormone therapy (e.g. testosterone or estrogen) and anti-androgen therapy, consultation, prescription, and maintenance can be provided by a physician at the Student Health Service who completed specialty training in this field. Student Health Service clinicians can prescribe and monitor cross gender therapies ordered through the Student Health Service’s pharmacy or brought by students from their coordinating physician/pharmacy. Our nursing staff is skilled at teaching patients to self-administer intramuscular or subcutaneous hormonal therapies. Our nursing staff will provide full education or assistance with hormone injections.
Call the Student Health Service at 412-383-1800 to schedule an appointment to inquire about our hormonal therapy service for transgender care.
For more information on transgender resources, health, and standards of care:
- WPATH Standards of Care
- Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Persad Center
(a local Pittsburgh mental health resource for transgender students)
- American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Transgender Health Resources
- Transgender Law Center
- Resources for Transgender Employees (Human Rights Campaign)
- Transgender Health Center of Excellence