UHCS strives to support our trans and gender diverse students. We have a strong commitment to serving the diverse UW-Whitewater community and recognize that discrimination, oppression, prejudice, implicit bias, and power and privilege influence communities. These factors impact emotional and physical health, academic achievements, and connections with others. At UHCS, we aim to alleviate these factors and have an established TransHealth Treatment team, have gender neutral bathrooms, and our staff have received training in working with students who identify across the gender spectrum, including students who are transitioning. When you come to UHCS, you are able to check in using your last name, and you are able to write in the name you use and your pronouns on the intake forms .
University Health and Counseling Services works as an integrated team that aims to provide high quality care to students at UW-Whitewater. Because of this, students seeking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are not required to obtain a letter from a mental health provider prior to starting HRT. However, you are asked to meet with a counselor to have an additional support with beginning HRT. If you already have a counselor, you will not be asked to meet with a new counselor at UHCS.
Students may choose to meet with a counselor first, or you may begin with a medical professional. When you meet with a medical professional at UHCS, you will be asked to review and sign informed consent regarding the particular medication you are pursuing (feminization or masculinization).
Making your first appointment to attend counseling is often the most difficult.
When you call, you will be asked to provide your student ID number. When you arrive to the 2nd floor of UHCS, check in at the front desk with your last name. You'll be asked to complete some initial paperwork which will ask a variety of different questions, including your preferred name, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
The forms use a drop down menu that offers the following options for gender identity: woman, man, transgender, and self-identify. In the self-identify option, you may write in your identity.
After you complete the paperwork, an initial assessment is completed by you and the counselor. For most students, counseling is completed through UHCS.
In order to make on-campus counseling available to the greatest possible number of students, individual and couple's counseling is limited to 14 sessions per academic year.
A meeting with a medical provider is part of the process for beginning HRT at UHCS.
(costs will vary at other clinics and based on individual needs):
Transwomen (MTF) Lab costs:
Lipids (Cholesterol): $20.00
Chemistry Panel (Blood sugar, liver and kidney functions): $10.00
Subsequent labs (including the above):
Luteinizing Hormone (LH): $38.00
Labs are typically drawn at the time of the initial visit, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 18 months and then yearly unless there is something we need to follow more closely.
Transwomen (MTF) Hormonal Therapy:
Pills: $3-$5 for 30 day supply
Patches: $35-$40 for 30 day supply
Shot: $43 for 30 day supply
Spironolactone pills: $3-$10 for 30 day supply
Finasteride pills (alternative): $3-$9 for a 30 day supply
Transmen (FTM) Lab costs:
Baseline labs: Lipids (Cholesterol): $20.00
Chemistry Panel (Blood sugar, liver and kidney functions): $20.00
Complete Blood Count (CBC): $10.00
Subsequent labs (including the above):
Transmen (FTM) Hormonal Therapy:
Testosterone:Shot: $10 for 2 week supply, $70 for 10 week supply (State insurance usually covers the testosterone shot with a small co-pay, depending on the particular insurance plan)
Transdermal Gel (pump): $32-$50 per month depending on insurance coverage; $180-$400 per month without insurance
Patches: $10-$45 per month depending on insurance coverage; $600 per month without insurance