What is a person to do if the gender they were assigned at birth due to the appearance of their genitals was not the gender they truly felt inside? Where do they go and whom can they trust to get accurate, helpful information? How do they fit in to peer groups? How do they get good medical care? Where do they go to get help understanding their feelings, sorting out their true gender identity? Who can support then with gender expression, and help figure out their physical and emotional attraction to other genders? And what if simple binary Male and Female also don’t fit, and a person feels more gender fluid? And when they decide to start transitioning, how can that be done safely, respectfully and with a doctor who is totally familiar with prescribing hormone therapy?
Gratefully, the answer to the above questions so much better these days. After a very long history of being degraded and ostracized from society, Transgender individuals are now starting to receive the treatments they deserve from the medical community. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has given special training to their staff and has established a Diversity Committee to handle sensitive issues with compassion and understanding.
There are also a host of therapists and organizations in the local area that help support people in all the necessary ways. Many health care providers, hospitals and schools are learning acceptance and Safe Zone practices. This office is a place where adult Male-to-Female and Female-to-Male patients are welcomed, understood and appreciated. We always work in conjunction with specialized therapists, and collaborate with a patient’s Primary Care Provider as desired. The tides are turning; hopefully shame and isolation will become a thing of the past and acceptance and support will be the norm. Please contact our office with any questions, or referral info you may need.