Information for transgender individuals

The University of Iowa LGBTQ clinic welcomes transgender individuals

The UI LGBTQ clinic is committed to providing culturally competent care to all persons in the transgender and gender non-conforming community. Unfortunately, many persons of transgender experience do not receive primary and preventive care because of discrimination and misunderstanding within the health care system. It is our mission to provide a safe and affirming environment where you can receive hormone therapy, as well ongoing primary and preventive care to address all of your health and wellness needs.

Transgender definitions

trans*
/tranz,trans/
noun
  1. the general umbrella term for all people who identify as a gender and/or sex that is not the one assigned to them at birth. 
transgender
/tranzˈjendər,trans-/
noun
  1. an umbrella term referring to folks who identify as a different gender than the one that matched their assigned at birth sex.
  2. may also be a gender identity in and of itself.
transsexual
/tran(s)ˈsekSHo͞oəl/
noun
  1. a person who wishes to undergo physical transition with medication and/or surgery. 
  2. a person who identifies with being a different sex than the one they were assigned at birth. Many trans* people no longer like the word transsexual as a blanket term for any group within the community, because of its medical and historical baggage.  

Transgender-specific health services

  • Chest/breast exams
  • Pelvic exams and pap tests
  • Prostate exams
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, treatment and prevention
  • Hormone therapy and monitoring
  • Referrals to specialty providers and community resources
  • Post-surgical care for those who have undergone gender affirming surgery
  • Preconception counseling and referral for reproductive services 
  • Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV
  • Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV

Information on the risks and benefits of masculinizing hormones

How to do a testosterone injection

Information on risks and benefits of feminizing hormones

Patient resources for transgender individuals

Last reviewed: 
March 2017

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