Transgender Youth Health FAQs

Questions? Contact Us

Being a transgender or nonbinary teen or young adult can feel challenging and stressful. It’s normal to have a lot of questions. At UVA, you’ll find providers and a patient navigator who can help you figure out your options, find resources, and get support.

Note: Your insurance may not cover and pay for all of these services. Also, it may take time to schedule your appointments. 

How do you help families navigate transgender youth services?

Our patient navigator can meet with you and your parents. In this conversation, we can:

  • Provide education and resources
  • Put families in contact with other families with trans or nonbinary children
  • Share research about the importance of names/pronouns

Where can I get an evaluation from a licensed mental health professional?

We have a list of appropriate mental health providers in the area. We’ll refer you to someone who can help.

If I need mental health treatment, where will I feel safe and supported?

Being transgender or nonbinary does not mean you’re mentally ill. But if you suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental illness, you deserve and need care. If you or your parents want, we can reach out on your behalf to talk to the person who is helping to arrange care.

How do I find a healthcare provider who understands and respects me and my body?

Our Teen and Young Adult Health Center offers primary care as well as transgender medical services.

How can I get started on puberty-blocking medications and/or cross-sex hormones?

If you’re under 18, you’ll need:

  • Consent for treatment from your parents or legal guardians
  • A gender dysphoria diagnosis by a mental care provider stating you’re ready for hormone treatment
  • Physical exam and lab work

How can I change my name and gender on legal documents? I want people at school to use my correct name and pronouns.

We can guide you through the process of changing your name and gender on legal documents. You may need a letter from your doctor for these changes. 

How can I get a chest binder that fits?

We provide binders in different sizes and colors. Let us know your size, and we can help get you what you need. We also give instructions on safe binding.

Note that:

  • Sometimes supplies run low
  • We can’t have you come in and try binders on due to COVID-19