With a willingness to learn, your local PCP can work with you to ensure your health needs are met. For example, primary care providers can:
- Assist you with exploring options for gender affirmation
- Complete forms or letters required for a change of gender
- Assess for readiness for hormone therapy or refer to someone who can.
- Prescribe hormone therapy or refer to someone who can.
- Monitor your hormone therapy
- Complete surgical readiness assessments (if qualified) or refer to someone who can.
- Refer for gender-affirming surgery and assist with post-operative care as needed.
- Support you emotionally and suggest community resources
Not all health care providers feel comfortable initiating hormone therapy, and may require a letter from another clinician before writing you a prescription. We hope that as more clinicians learn about trans health this will occur less frequently. If your PCP has questions about trans health care, support is available to them through the Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise Line that they can call to receive consultation from a doctor with trans health expertise or by connecting with Trans Care BC at 1-866-999-1514.
Please note, at this time, nurse practitioners cannot prescribe testosterone.