Planned Parenthood now offers Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT), including Transgender Female Hormone Therapy (MTF) and Transgender Male Hormone Therapy (FTM), and other services for transgender patients in South Florida. The therapy is available at two Miami locations — Golden Glades and Kendall — with plans to expand statewide within the year.
Hormone therapy helps people transition from male to female or female to male so that their anatomy aligns with their gender identity.
This new resource is potentially a tremendous benefit for trans people, who have been historically discriminated against and faced barriers to health care. As a result, many trans people face numerous health disparities as well as stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to quality care.
Planned Parenthood hopes to change that in South Florida.
“We at Planned Parenthood lead with our values,” said Lillian Tamayo, president of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida. “We lead with the commitment for compassionate and inclusive care and really see that the transgender community is desperately in need of support and solidarity. Like many other allies, we step into this space with pride to provide reproductive health care to this community.”
Joey (last name withheld), a 17-year-old, is a Planned Parenthood volunteer who is undergoing hormone therapy. He said Planned Parenthood provides a safe space for trans people, regardless of their age.
“Now that South Florida services are available, it’s going to help kids like me who didn’t have the chance before,” he said. “That’s exciting for me, them, and their families, and it just causes this domino effect of good.”
Appointments with specialists like OB-GYNs could include cancer screenings and annual gynecological exams for a patient born as a female who identifies as male who may have trouble finding a provider or have lost health care because of discrimination.
Planned Parenthood is also training staff on how to better serve the trans population, including helping patients better manage routine reproductive check-ups and screenings that may be emotionally uncomfortable.
“The thought of having an appointment with an OB-GYN can cause a lot of fear and anxiety in trans people, which is what we try to avoid when we transition,” Joeysaid. “Going in for sexual reproductive health care is already intimidating enough. The experience is amplified when you’re walking into a space that you just don’t know how they’re going to receive you. That’s really important as a health care priority for an organization like ours.”
For more information or to book an appointment, call 1-800-230-PLAN or visit.