English Español
English Español

Family Planning Services & Transgender Individuals – What You Need to Know

Sorry, your browser does not support inline SVG.

Meeting the needs for transgender clients

Transgender people face many barriers or challenges when accessing quality health care, especially for reproductive and sexual health. Many transgender clients may face discrimination or refusal of services. Often healthcare providers (or even transgender clients themselves) assume that they don’t need services, such as pelvic exams or contraception. That’s not true. Transgender clients face unmet needs when it comes to their reproductive health. Family planning services are essential for transgender clients to be empowered by their sexual and reproductive health.

What are the unmet needs for transgender clients regarding their reproductive health?

Transgender clients face many unmet needs and barriers when it comes to their reproductive health as a result of discrimination, assumptions, and reluctance to treat. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Preventative cancer screening based on body parts, regardless of gender, for breast, cervical, and prostate cancer screening
  • Birth control for transgender men who have sex with men, who are at risk for unintended pregnancy
  • Lack of relevant reproductive health information
  • Lack of appropriate clinical knowledge from healthcare providers

What are the available family planning services for transgender clients?

To help meet the needs for transgender clients, family planning services are the same that cisgender clients receive, such as:

  • Annual OB/GYN exams
  • Birth control
  • Breast and cervical cancer screening
  • Emergency contraception
  • Reproductive health education and counseling
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • STI testing and treatment

What can healthcare providers do to help meet the needs for transgender clients?

There are variety of things that healthcare providers can do to help meet the needs of their transgender clients. Healthcare providers should:

Family planning services are essential for transgender clients to be empowered with their reproductive health. Unfortunately, fear and discrimination can prevent transgender clients from seeking or receiving the care that they need. If you are a transgender client, take control of your reproductive health today and find a healthcare provider near you.