Lahey Health is now part of Beth Israel Lahey Health.  Explore Lahey locations below or reach Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital and Winchester Hospital.

Non-Medical Transitioning Services

Your gender identity is whether you feel female or male, no matter which reproductive organs you have. If your gender identity does not match the sex you were assigned at birth, you may wish to transition to express your true identity. The specialists at the Center for Sexual Function can help.

We offer complete and confidential endocrine care, treatment and support for transgender individuals including medical and non-medical options. Our endocrinologists collaborate with experts in urology and gynecology to help ensure all your needs are addressed.

We offer the following support to help you live your true gender identity without medical treatment:

  • Counseling—individual or family therapy can help you during and after the transition process. We are here to support you as you, and those you love, learn to be comfortable expressing and accepting your gender identity.
  • Resources—our team can help connect you to community resources as you transition, including changing your name, legal documents, gaining access to clothing and binding to conceal external secondary sex characteristics (such as breasts).
  • Support—we can direct you to online or in-person support groups, where you can connect with other transgender individuals who understand what you are going through.

Medical Transitioning Options

If you are transgender, you may want the internal and external feeling of your gender identity to match. The specialists at the Center for Sexual Function can help with medical transitioning treatments including:

  • Hormone therapy—the right balance of hormones can help you develop secondary sex characteristics more in line with your gender identity. If you identify as male, testosterone can help increase hair growth on your face and body, deepen your voice or develop a more muscular physique. If you identify as female, estrogen can help soften your physique and increase breast development.
  • Transition surgery—surgery to add or remove breast tissue can help give you an external look you desire, depending on your gender identity. More involved surgeries that include changes to the penis and vagina are not as common. However, they are an option.

It’s important to realize that transitioning takes time. No matter what type of treatment you seek, we are here to listen to you and help you meet your goals throughout the entire process.