Transgender Health

Transgender and gender non-binary (TGNB) people are defined as having gender identity that is not aligned with their sex recorded at birth (see Definitions). In the United States, an estimated 0.6% of the population is TGNB. Some TGNB people seek medical and surgical interventions to align their bodies with their gender identities. 

Learn more about the gender affirming hormone therapies in our sections on Masculinizing Hormone Therapy and Feminizing Hormone Therapy

Please note, medical interventions for TGNB people must be customized and can range from no medical intervention, to hormone therapy, to surgeries of various sorts. 

For TGNB people under the age of 18, there are some additional considerations. Learn more about Gender Nonconformity in Children and Adolescents.

Questions to ask your healthcare team: 

Decisions about medical care for TGNB people seeking gender-affirming medications and surgeries should be a collaborative decision among you, your mental health professional and a trained endocrinologist or experienced medical provider. Talk honestly with your healthcare providers about what is best for you: 

  1. What treatment options will help to align my body with my gender identity? 
  2. How will I know when it's time for gender-affirming medication or surgery? 
  3. What are the side-effects of gender-affirming hormone therapies? 
  4. What are the potential complications of gender-affirming surgeries? 
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