Trans / Non-Binary / Gender Nonconforming Health and Wellness
Thank you for seeking health care services at the Student Health Center (SHC). We believe every NYU student has the right to be treated with respect, and we strive to make our services accessible to trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming students.
We understand that pursuing medical and psychological services may feel challenging or uncomfortable. We want to underscore that you have the right to ask questions, advocate for yourself, set boundaries, bring someone with you, and/or refuse particular treatments. We encourage you to be open and honest with your healthcare provider about your body, your behavior, and your concerns.
A key force that guides the provision of care is the Gender & Sexuality Team--an interdisciplinary group of providers at the SHC. They work together to provide and improve medical and mental healthcare for issues related to SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression) and non-heteronormative relationship structures (such as poly) and sexual practice (such as BDSM/kink). Team members can also discuss letters for medical, legal, and/or social transition.
SHC follows the WPATH guidelines (World Professional Association for Transgender Healthcare) that support staff in promoting optimal health for trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming students.
This page uses traditional medical terminology to refer to body parts in order to be as specific as possible but avoids gendering body parts/bodily functions. We recognize that you may not use these terms to refer to your body, so we hope that you will individualize the information presented here into your own terms and for your own body. We are using the word “trans” as an umbrella term for many different gender identities.
Preferred Names and Pronouns
We have made arrangements to record your preferred name and pronouns in our electronic medical record. If you wish to change your name or pronouns within your electronic medical record, you can initiate this change through the SHC Student Portal or alert front desk staff upon check-in of changes you would like to make. You can also update your prefered name in Albert to be used across University systems.
» Read more about how to navigate the university system as a trans, non-binary, or gender nonconforming student.
Medical services are typically gendered but can be provided in a neutral settings such as Primary Care. Talk with your healthcare provider about which services and exams are appropriate for you regardless of gender identity.
Pelvic exams are recommended periodically and as needed for people with a vagina, ovaries, and uterus, depending on possible symptoms and other factors. The pelvic exam may also include a Pap test.
A Pap test (or Pap smear) is a method of cervical screening used to detect potentially precancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix. Pap tests are recommended for people with a cervix every three years starting from age 21. Beginning in your 30s, the interval may be every five years with co-testing for HPV. People taking hormones should discuss the need for and frequency of screening with their medical provider.
Pelvic Exam Appointments
All Primary Care providers on the Gender & Sexuality Team are able to perform pelvic exams. You may also have a pelvic exam with a Women’s Health provider in a neutral setting, such as Primary Care.
If you need a pelvic exam, please speak with your Primary Care provider or call the SHC main number at (212) 443-1000 or Women’s Health nurse at (212) 443-1166 to request a "GYN exam in a neutral setting.”
Most cases of testicular cancer occur in those between the ages of 18 and 30. However, experts on the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend against routine screening in those with testicles.
If you have pain or changes in your testicular area, please call the SHC main number at (212) 443-1000 to schedule an exam.
Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) counselors are psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and advanced trainees in those professions. There are male and female counselors, counselors from different racial and national backgrounds, and counselors who specialize in substance abuse, gay/lesbian/bisexual concerns, eating disorders, international students, and other concerns.
Counseling appointments can be made by calling the CWS main number at (212) 998-4780. All students are scheduled for a brief phone screening with one of our counselors who will assist you in scheduling your first appointment. If you wish to make a counseling appointment with a member of the Gender & Sexuality Team, you may do so during your phone screening.
CWS offers group counseling for issues related to identity and gender expression. Group therapy provides a safe and confidential place to explore concerns around various issues. Talking to other students who have had similar experiences offers support, healing, and perspective.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Some trans and non-binary people use hormones as a part of their transition. It is important to be monitored by a healthcare provider to ensure the hormones you are taking are safe for you.
Hormones need time to work, and should be taken exactly as prescribed for you — taking more does not achieve faster results and can be dangerous. Physical changes with hormone therapy might take several years to be fully realized, and many of these changes are not reversible.
Considering hormone replacement therapy?
Call Primary Care at (212) 443-1000 and ask for a hormone consultation or make an appointment through the SHC Student Portal for hormone initiation. Your first appointment will be 30 minutes.
Once you start hormones, you will follow up with your healthcare provider every three months for the first year. After that, you will check in less frequently.
The Primary Care department has several providers at both the Washington Square and Brooklyn locations who initiate and manage hormone therapy for trans and non-binary students. The Women’s Health department also offer hormone therapy management after the initial consultation and start of treatment.
Many, but not all, hormone therapies are injectable. Always use a sterile needle when injecting hormones. Sterile needles can be obtained from pharmacies with a prescription.
Buying hormones that have not been prescribed for you can be harmful.
Although there are counselors at the majority of the global sites, you require medical visits to start hormone treatment which may be unavailable abroad. It may not be possible to start hormone therapy at all NYU global sites or to continue hormone treatment when studying away. Call the Wellness Exchange (24/7) hotline at (212) 443-9999 for more information.
Binding involves the tight compression of the chest around the mid-section. The most common risks associated with binding involve breathing problems and back pain. It is important to give yourself a break from binding in order to let your skin breathe, prevent skin irritation, and to relieve any aches and pains the binder may cause. To minimise complications, a binding device/method should always be as loose as is practical and should not be worn for longer than 8 hours. If you have questions about the fit of your binder, please ask your healthcare provider.
The NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is committed to supporting people in the trans community to achieve their authentic voices. The Transgender Voice and Communication group supports transgender women and men to achieve their authentic voices in a safe, nurturing environment and facilitate modifications toward each individual's self-selected communication goals. The goal of the meetings is to assist with a progression toward each individual’s self-selected communication changes. Meetings include warm up and breathing exercises, Q&A on vocal health, voice and communication, individual and group voice exercises with particular attention to carry-over for everyday life and planning for the future. To learn about the group, contact Darlene Monda at email@example.com or (212) 992-7691.
Individual voice modification services may also be available at the clinic. For more information, contact Jacqueline Mezzacappa at (212) 998-5261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan provides coverage for transition-related care, including but not limited to:
- Hormone therapy
- Gender affirming surgeries (also known as sex reassignment surgeries (SRS))
For specific benefit information, including levels of in-network and out-of-network coverage, refer to the Student Health Insurance guide.
Questions related to health care billing, payments, referral arrangements or health insurance? You can contact our Patient Financial Services Specialist by calling (212) 443-1010 or emailing email@example.com.
Sexual Assault and Violence
Sexual violence can affect anyone, regardless of sex, gender, and sexual orientation. Sexual violence can happen with someone you have just met, with an intimate partner, or with a stranger in a bias attack. Sometimes a sexual encounter may leave a person feeling confused, angry, or violated, even if they have not defined their experience as sexual assault or sexual harassment. Your behavior or decisions do not cause sexual violence. No one asks to be sexually assaulted or sexually harassed. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, violence or harassment, contact the Wellness Exchange (24/7) at (212) 443-9999 to get confidential support and access to resources, Sexual Misconduct Support Services, or the NYU Bias Response Line at (212) 998-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Campus Resources
- Change your prefered name or gender identity in Albert
- Find gender neutral restrooms on campus
- LGBTQ+ Center: Student groups (including T-Party--NYU’s trans and non-binary student group), support services, resources, events, programs, advocacy, training, education, and consultation
Although we cannot predict all of your health and care needs, but we are working to make all services more accessible to everyone at NYU. If you encounter a situation in which you need more help, please contact the SHC Patient Advocate at (212) 443-1000 or send an email to email@example.com.