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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) at Vaden

COVID-19 updates: Weiland Health Initiative continues to provide virtual drop-in hours called Weiland Connects and brief individual therapy through Zoom. At this time, we are only licensed to provide these clinical services to students currently in California.

For updates on COVID-19, please visit the Vaden Health Services webpage.

NOTE: While Weiland continues to hold virtual HRT consultation sessions, it will be some time before moving on to an in-person medical appointment due to current school and state closures.


Some people who identify as transgender or gender expansive choose to go through a process of transitioning from the gender they were assigned at birth to the gender that is consistent with their identity.  The process of transitioning involves many aspects of a person’s social, emotional, and physical life.  In terms of physically transitioning (hormones and/or surgery), there are many options. The transgender/gender expansive experience lies on a spectrum, and many individuals can choose from a variety of options to reflect a gender expression that best aligns with their identity.  Some transgender/gender expansive people decide to take hormones but don’t do surgery, while others do surgery but not hormones.  Some do both.  Some do neither.

Regardless of gender identity, the decision to physically transition lies with the individual.  It’s your decision what you want to do within the time frame that is comfortable for you.  It is the doctor’s or counselor’s job to guide you along the way.

There are many physical, emotional, social, and legal challenges that transitioning persons must face, and Stanford students are no different.  The providers at Vaden Health Center recognize both the challenges and the joys of transitioning and are here to support you.  Some people who transition choose to change their name and pronouns, so please let our providers know the name you prefer and the pronoun that is appropriate for you, and ask that they note this information in your file.

Step 1: Acquire documentation (if available) in support of HRT from past/current mental health or medical providers.

Have you met with a provider in the past/present about HRT?
Yes- Ask your provider to send documentation of informed consent for HRT to Vaden.

If unable to acquire documentation, proceed to Step 2.

If able to acquire documentation, proceed to Step 3.

No- proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Make an appointment with a mental health provider at CAPS.

  1. Go online to VadenPatientPortal
  2. Under Medical Services select Transgender Health Care
  3. Select a “CAPS HRT Consult Appointment”Note: Regardless of insurance, CAPS assessment appointments are typically covered by your Health Fee.

During this appointment, you will meet with a gender specialist therapist who will speak with you about factors, concerns, or considerations relevant to starting hormones. The goal of this consult is to help make your experience of initiating hormones as positive as possible. These meetings also serve as opportunities to think through a timeline that works for you and get additional support around the process of pursuing gender-affirming care.

Step 3: Make an appointment with medical provider at Vaden.

  1. Go online to VadenPatientPortal
  2. Under Medical Services, select Transgender Health Care
  3. Meet with medical provider to discuss HRT risks/benefits and eligibility (the degree to which HRT is indicated and lack of medical contraindications). Note that asking questions is an important part of this process and will not jeopardize your chance to get hormone therapy.
  4. Follow up with laboratory appointments to assess for health risks and establish baseline.
  5. Once your medical provider has approved HRT, this provider will assist you in navigating HRT type/decisions (such as types of applications, etc.), provide relevant prescriptions, and generate plans with you regarding the administration of the chosen application (for example, planning to bring in hormones to follow up appointment in order to learn how to inject hormones or receive assistance around this process).

NOTE: Visits to Vaden Health Center for the purposes of obtaining HRT are covered under your Health Fee although your insurance (Cardinal Care or other Insurance Provider) will determine how much you pay for the hormones/medications (which will be filled at your local pharmacy).


 

Individual Therapy @ Weiland Health Initiative

COVID-19 Updates: Weiland Health Initiative continues to provide virtual drop-in hours called Weiland Connects and brief individual therapy through Zoom. At this time, we are only licensed to provide these clinical services to students currently in California.

We are continuing to create virtual programming for our communities and hope to be able to update this page with more resources and online events soon.

For updates on COVID-19, please visit the Vaden Health Services webpage.

Want to make a Zoom appointment with Weiland? Go to VadenPatientPortal to sign up for one of our virtual Weiland Connects sessions!


M-W 8 am - 5 pm
Garden Level, Kingscote Gardens/419 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

Weiland Queered Services: a spectrum of services for a spectrum of experiences
Weiland prides itself in centering queer experiences within all of its clinical services- be it collaborative individual therapy, consults for gender based-care such as hormones or surgery, issue-specific group programming, or drop-in community hours. Through our affirming and intersectional services, we hope to help you in your journey towards acceptance as you ground yourself in your truth. With multi-dimensional support and tailored resources, we strive to empower you as you explore your expansive possibility.

FAQ
What do we mean by “queer”?
While queer may mean many different things to different people, we use it as a universal term to describe people who don’t fit neatly into society’s definitions of gender, sex, and sexual identity.

How do you know if these services are for you?
No matter how you identify, if you have questions, concerns, doubts, or goals for anything related to gender, sex, and/or sexual identity- our services were made with you in mind!

Is this the only place where I can get services from providers with a gender and sexual identities specialty?
Nope! There are specially trained folks at Counseling & Psychological Services who can also provide one-time consults and short-term therapy. For more information, go to: https://vaden.stanford.edu/caps

Do I need to be "out" to receive services?
Being "out"  refers to being public about a queer identity or some other aspect of your gender and sexuality. Whether this applies to you or not, know that you don’t have to choose a label or identify a certain way in order to use our services.


 

Weiland Connects

COVID-19 Updates: Weiland Health Initiative continues to provide virtual drop-in hours called Weiland Connects and brief individual therapy through Zoom. At this time, we are only licensed to provide these clinical services to students currently in California.

We are continuing to create virtual programming for our communities and hope to be able to update this page with more resources and online events soon.

For updates on COVID-19, please visit the Vaden Health Services webpage.


Mondays 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM 
Mondays  9:30 AM TO 11:30 PM 
Tuesdays 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM 

AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE IN STAFF ROLES SUPPORTING OTHERS ACROSS THE GENDER AND SEXUALITY SPECTRUM

Weiland Connects visits are one-time, 30-minute sessions held via Zoom where you can speak confidentially with a gender and sexuality-affirming CAPS clinician. These sessions can be booked via VadenPatient.

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