Transgender patients are uniquely vulnerable within the health care system and members of the trans community consistently report feeling unsafe and uncomfortable in health care settings. But when trans patients are granted access to comprehensive, gender-affirming care, positive health outcomes follow. The NWHN is committed to ensuring that women and LGBTQ+ folks have access to the best possible health information and that health care providers have resources in order to understand how to best serve gender-diverse patients.


Rx for Change: Transgender Gender-Affirming Hormone Treatment

In this Rx for Change column, former NWHN board members and longtime feminist activists Nancy Worcester and Mariamne Whatley write that we must make hormones more available to improve trans people’s health—and possibly save their lives.


Providing Medical Treatment for Trans Youth

In this Women’s Health Activist newsletter article, Stephanie Brill and Jennifer Hastings write that it’s time to embrace another group of individuals who deserve health care and yet have been marginalized up until this point. An underserved, unrecognized, and much deserving segment of the population. This time it is children — transgender children and teens.


Expanding the Boundaries of Sexual & Reproductive Health Care

In this Women’s Health Activist newsletter article, E. Cameron Hartofelis and Anu Manchikanti Gomez write about the obstacles faced by trans people in accessing needed health care. In particular, trans men face significant barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health care.


Young Feminist: Why Bathrooms Are a Women’s Health Issue

In this Young Feminist column, Sarah Eldiasty writes about legal segregation and discrimination in public bathrooms. As a result, people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth constantly face exclusion and violence just for using the bathroom.


Since You Asked: I’m a trans woman. What are the risks of hormone replacement therapy?

When an individual is physically transitioning as a transgender woman, they are undergoing a process to transform biological male characteristics to ones similar to a biological female. Hormone therapy is commonly used by transgender people to help create and maintain these changes.


Since You Asked: As a trans woman, how often should I be giving myself a breast exam?

There are a few different types of breast exams, including self-exam and screening tests performed by health care professionals. Doctors suggest that you should perform a breast exam on yourself at least once a month to ensure there are no abnormalities.