I knew at the start that the NHS gender reassignment process would be slow. I wasn't wrong. At the time of writing, it's been a year and 11 months since I saw my GP and asked to enter the pathway. Since then, I have had two local psychiatric assessments and three appointments with the Gender Identity Clinic at West London Mental Health Trust which have totalled just three hours. On my third GIC visit, I was told I had spent enough time living and working in my desired gender to be eligible for surgery, and that "we would be talking about it" if only my hormone levels were sufficient. NHS protocol dictates that transsexual women must live as female for at least three months before starting hormone therapy.
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Thanks for connecting! You're almost done. Connect to your existing Cracked account if you have one or create a new Cracked username. To the average person, it has to seem like transgender people are just popping out of the woodwork these days. Suddenly all you're hearing about is Bruce Jenner turning into Caitlyn and stories about trans discrimination that you never even knew was a thing before now. But all that's happened is the mainstream media is finally noticing a subject that's been out there since, well, the dawn of civilization. We've written several articles with transgendered sources about the horrible bullshit they have to put up with and the less obvious realities of their lives, hopefully to start to counteract the education we were all given on the subject by Jim Carrey movies.
We will look at your blood test results if previously forwarded to us or ask you to have bloods taken, usually via the phlebotomy service at Charing Cross Hospital. The blood tests are to establish basic good health in terms of liver function etc. If any concerns arise from your blood test we will contact you and your GP as soon as possible. Otherwise the results of tests taken on the day of your first assessment will usually be discussed at your second assessment. Individuals who smoke are advised to stop altogether, at least 3 months prior to starting hormones.
Transgender patients often experience tremendous barriers to health care, including discrimination and an unfortunate lack of providers who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to this population. As a result, many transgender and nonbinary people avoid seeking care for preventive and life-threatening conditions out of fear. According to a report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey of more than 6, transgender and gender nonconforming people, nearly one in five 19 percent reported being refused care because they were transgender or gender nonconforming. Survey participants also reported very high levels of postponing medical care when sick or injured due to discrimination and disrespect 28 percent. Half of the sample reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care.