New way to transition

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    Cassie Grey
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    Planned Parenthood has a program called Informed Consent. Therapy is helpful and needed for many to explore, sort through and settle issues but for those that know who they are and what they want and I personally think should have enough life experiences you can bypass the money sucking therapists. You can even do through telehealth and do it from home.

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    • #122099

      I’m using Plume, but am thinking about PP going forward

      therapy was nonsense for me since the therapists all insisted I go full time asap, and that’s just silly for a giant to consider.

      Another therapist told me flat out I should just stop thinking about being trans since I didn’t want the abject, ever present, humiliation of being “out” to define my entire life.

    • #116841

      PP is who I used and I can tell you from my own personal experience with them that it was a delight. I did the virtual from home. They were very welcoming, non-judgmental, and professional. They made the process so easy, leaving me feeling relieved and good about starting HRT.

      I also had an appointment for something unrelated with my primary care doctor and was very nervous about coming out to him. I was so relieved when he told me that he works with transgender patients.

      I am so glad that these two hurdles turned out so well. I know there will be may other hurdles that could possibly turn out with less than desirable results.

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      • #122322
        Cassie Grey
        BRONZE

        I found them to be delightfully easy also and treated me as an adult who can make decisions for myself.

    • #116828
      DeeAnn Hopings
      AMBASSADOR

      Cassie:

      It could be that the people that you have experience with were not experienced in gender issues. After all, you don’t see a dermatologist for an orthopedic problem.

      There are a number of reasons why trans people see therapists. One of the more common reasons is to understand their situation well enough so that they decide on a course of action. When dealing with life-changing decisions, there can be significant Approach-Avoidance conflicts. Beyond the process of transition, other things come into play such as dealing with with family issues, employment issues, resources for employers (not every HR department has some idea of how to work with trans people), deciding upon transitioning in place or start with a different employer after transition and other issues. Also, while detransitioning is rare, it does happen. That makes me wonder if they didn’t game the system in some way or worked with a therapist of lesser experience regarding gender issues.

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      • #122110

        Exactly.

        mine, a PsyD does specialize in gender and she is only encouraging. And not in a you need to do everything right now sort of way.she is very much “in your own time, and only when you are ready. “ like she says… I’ve lived life for 50+ years. In all that time, I’ve never truly been male. I’ve been what I’ve had to be at the time to survive.

        how I deal with being what I truly am is my decision. Along with HRT, surgical options, name changes etc. it’s my journey… she’s just here to walk a little of it with me.

    • #116826
      Bobbie W
      FREE

      Planned Parenthood has a program called Informed Consent. Therapy is helpful and needed for many to explore, sort through and settle issues but for those that know who they are and what they want and I personally think should have enough life experiences you can bypass the money sucking therapists. You can even do through telehealth and do it from home.

      Well I will let you know how it is in a couple weeks just booked my appointment for the 28th.

      • #122321
        Cassie Grey
        BRONZE

        Been so busy haven’t logged in very much this summer. Hope things went well for you.

    • #116825
      Bobbie W
      FREE

      That’s who I’m looking into going to (just easiest for me) but I am also going to therapy via Telehealth. I’m hoping to get on hrt soon but we shall see.

    • #94241
      Emily Alt
      UNITY

      Informed consent has become more common in the last 10 years. It’s certainly opened doors for trans folks. Good news that PP has adopted it.

      WPATH Standards of Care used to require a psychological evaluation before treatment. The latest edition published in 2012 recognized the informed consent model. But it retained a strong recommendation on the need for evaluation. If you were to go to a clinician that follows WPATH guidelines, a psychological evaluation might still be required.

      Personally, I know exactly who I am and where I want to be. I still see a counselor. I know it’s beneficial. Some therapists I’ve seen have been better than others. But every one truly cared and wanted to help. I’d never characterize any of them as “money sucking”.

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    • #93015

      There are other places that support informed consent, but PP is the big one. I’m not sure what you can get beyond HRT, but for some folks, that’s all it takes to get to a point that they feel like going on.

       

      I’m also not sure if you can dictate what you want for HRT. If you local endo wants you on spiro and E, but you’d prefer progesterone, can you do that? Or decide on dosage levels? The HRT choice is not set in stone, and PP might give more options in that regard.

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      • #122326
        Emily Alt
        UNITY

        I think some cosmetic surgeons will do breast augmentation with just informed consent. I suspect more involved procedures such as FFS and GCS would require a therapist’s letter.

        My endo is very flexible. She’ll prescribe any hormonal Rx that’s medically safe and effective. She’s good about explaining the pros/cons of various therapies, and suggesting what she feels is the best choice given my progress and circumstances. But she’ll prescribe something I want to try if it isn’t risky. For example, I told her I might want to switch to patches if I progress too fast on injections. She’s okay with that.

        So I think it really depends on the doc. A lot of them are pretty rigid and have a “one size fits all” approach to HRT. I’d stay away from them if at all possible. But the more informed docs are more willing to work with their patients to create a plan that’s tailored to their needs.

      • #93018
        Cassie Grey
        BRONZE

        I hadn’t heard of anyone doing implied consent until I ran across it by accident. They are certainly easy to deal with.

        • #93036

          I believe I first heard about it from my therapist, of all people. And not to warn me away from it.

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