Trans Health Guide

Coming out and living as trans* can be challenging.
prideHealth’s Trans* Health Guide is for trans* people in Nova Scotia and their families and friends, providing clear information about how you can get medical help and the support you may need and want. This guide will help you understand resources and services in Nova Scotia for trans* people.

 This guide has seven sections:

  • Terminology includes medical and trans* community definitions, concepts and common language you may hear or read.
  • Assessments includes information on what hormone therapy is, what a hormone therapy assessment process is, who can provide these assessments and what you can expect.
  • Hormone Therapy includes information about how you can access hormone therapy treatment, what is involved with this treatment, what medications may be used, possible side effects and cost.
  • Transitioning - Medical includes information about voice change, non surgical options for transition, surgical options for transition, how you can access these options and cost. Note: As of Tuesday, April 1, 2014 the guide is in the process of being updated to reflect the announced changes regarding funding for surgeries. Read about Sex Reassignment Surgery changes and the Questions and Answers put forth with these changes.
  • Transitioning - Legal includes information about the processes involved in name changes, gender marker changes and what your rights are both provincially and federally.
  • Trans* Youth includes information about treatment and support options available for people under age 19, how to access these treatments and supports and the role of families.
  • Community Resources includes a listing of resources with contact information across Nova Scotia for people who are trans*.

Why prideHealth created the Trans* Health Guide

Coming out and living as trans* can be challenging and prideHealth wants to help. We want to provide clear information about how you can get medical help and the support you may need and want. It is important to note that some of the information in this guide may change as language, standards and processes for accessing care for trans* health are continually changing. This guide will be updated yearly and we will make every effort to ensure we provide accurate information. This guide includes many links to other resources that provide much more in depth information on each topic. prideHealth encourages you to visit these resources for additional information.

What is trans*?

We use trans* to mean anyone who does not feel they are the gender they were labeled at birth. People who are trans* may also use the labels of transgender, transsexual, gender non-conforming, FTM, MTF, trans man, trans woman, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender variant, two-spirit, bi-gender, pangender, ambi-gender, polygender.