Students who wish to pursue hormone therapy for gender affirmation (aka hormone replacement therapy) may do so at Columbia Health. A collaborative team of staff members from Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Gay Health Advocacy Project and the Insurance Office is available to support students at different stages of the process. For example, Counseling and Psychological Services has a team dedicated to sexual and gender identity issues.
We are committed to making your experience in beginning hormone therapy supportive, non-judgmental, and reasonably rapid.
Students who have questions about the process, who are wondering if hormones are right for them, or who feel ready to begin may contact the associate director of the Gay Health Advocacy Project at [email protected] or 212-854-6655 for more information or to get started.
Students who have already initiated hormone therapy elsewhere may continue their hormone therapy, including renewal of prescriptions, at Columbia Health Medical Services. Please contact the associate director of the Gay Health Advocacy Project at [email protected] or 212-854-6655 for more information about continuing care or to start the process of establishing care with one of the Medical Services providers who prescribes HRT. Students should bring a copy of their medical records detailing their previous experience with hormone therapy.
Students seeking refills are encouraged to connect with their Columbia Health providers in plenty of time before they run out of their prescriptions to avoid last-minute emergencies.
Off-campus resources for hormone therapy are also available. Students enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan who wish to use resources off campus should first receive a referral from Medical Services primary care provider in order to be eligible for the full insurance benefit.