All bathrooms designated for student use in Student Health
are single-stall and available for all genders.




Statement of Support
for Transgender &
Gender-Diverse Students

TRANS@UCSB is available for download on the RCSGD's website


Understanding that each student has their own unique needs: medically, psychologically, and biologically, UCSB Student Health Service's Gender Affirming Health Program is comprised of a collaborative team of professionals to support students on their gender affirmation journey.  The Gender Affirming Health Program team includes medical providers, behavioral health clinicians and social workers. We help you move from gender dysphoria to gender euphoria with an integrative and holistic approach to health and wellness.  

Gender Affirming Health Program: Services available at Student Health Services

  • Hormone therapy
    • Initiation, continuation, and monitoring of hormone therapy
    • Estrogens, androgens, antiandrogens, and progesterone with options for oral/injectable and topical/transdermal
  • Trans* affirming pelvic, genital and gynecologic care
  • Nutritional counseling and education
  • Social work services
    • Navigation and advocacy support
  • Pharmacy services
  • Laboratory testing
  • Referrals to mental health services as needed
  • Referrals to other gender-affirming surgeons and other specialists, as needed
    • Plastic Surgery (chest reconstruction/top surgery and facial reconstruction)
    • Head and Neck Surgery (tracheal shave)
    • Speech Pathology (vocal therapy)
    • Urology and/or Gynecology (genital reconstructive services/bottom surgery)
    • Preservation of genetic material (sperm/egg collection and cryopreservation)
    • Hair removal (laser and electrolysis)
  • Injectable medication training and support

Gender Affirming Health Program: Services availble at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is part of Student Health but is in a different location.   Its main office is near Storke Tower. Click here to be taken to the Service Request Form to set up a CAPS appointment. 

We recognize that gender diversity is not a mental health disorder. However, gender affirmation can be a stressful time for many people, and depression & anxiety are common. We encourage all students to link with mental health support throughout their gender affirmation journey.

UC SHIP Transgender insurance benefits

For more information about UC SHIP

We use an "Informed Consent" Model of Care

Informed consent involves us providing adequate and accurate information to enable YOU to make an informed decision regarding potential medical treatment/s to affirm your gender.  No psychological assessment, approval letter or testing is required to start hormone therapy.  
Learn more about Estrogen and Testosterone Blockers
Learn more about Testosterone 

FAQs about Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy & the Gender Affirming Health Program

• Some people take hormones regularly over a lifetime, while others may choose to take them for a shorter period of time or even intermittently. • The type of delivery method, dose, and time on hormones is an individual decision and varies based on each person’s goals and how their body responds. • Delivery method and dose may be changed over time, in consultation with a healthcare provider. Taking higher doses of hormones than prescribed does not increase benefits and may increase the risk of serious side effects.

• The decision to take gender affirming medication is an individual choice. For some people it can be affirming and support their gender identity and expression. Some people feel that hormones are not needed to express their gender identity at all. • Hormone therapy is not needed to change a legal gender marker nor is it required to request surgeries.

• Hormones may help affirm gender identity for people who are transgender or nonbinary through physical and emotional changes. • No one can predict how fast or how much change will happen for each individual. One person’s experiences may be very different from another’s. • It may take at least a month after beginning treatment for a person to notice any changes, though some people may experience changes more quickly. • It can take from 2-5 years for all desired physical changes to take place. • Some changes from hormones are permanent, even if medications are discontinued, and other changes are reversible. • In addition to the expected physical changes, some people taking hormones may also notice changes in energy levels, libido (sex drive) and emotions. It is a good idea to develop a plan for support that may include others who have shared experiences with transition. The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is a great resource.

• Hormones can stop or suppress gametes (egg or sperm). • Hormone therapy is not a reliable contraception, it does not prevent a pregnancy. • Stopping hormone therapy typically restarts gamete production, but fertility is not a guarantee.

• For most people, hormones can be used safely when taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider. • Due to family history or individual health concerns (such as heart disease, certain types of cancer, high cholesterol, liver disease, or certain blood clotting disorders), some people may have higher risks to consider. • Health can be protected by exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight for one’s frame, working with a care team on reducing stress, and reducing/eliminating nicotine use. • Health maintenance and screening exams will continue based on the organs that are present.


• Taking hormones can expand people’s sense of their own gender identity as well as expand their sexual orientation and attraction. • For people who experience dysphoria, hormone therapy can decrease dysphoria in some aspects of their lives and increase dysphoria in other aspects. • Hormones are prescription medications and therefore require visits to a healthcare provider and blood testing. These generally become less frequent over time, but can be as often as every 1 to 3 months when starting hormone therapy.


If you have UC-SHIP, all your Student Health visits and labs are covered 100%. Prescriptions have a $5 co-pay.

If you have WAIVED UC-SHIP and purchased GAP, your Student Health office visits and some labs are covered.

If you have WAIVED UC-SHIP and not purchased GAP, you will be charged individual fees to your BARC account for the visits and lab tests received at Student Health.   PPO health insurance plans will SOMETIMES reimburse you for a portion or even all of these charges.  (MediCal and Kaiser will not reimburse.) 

Check the current Student Health price list for more information.

Prescription costs and co-pays are based on your private insurance.

If you have MediCal or want to utilize your private insurance coverage to access gender-affirming care, the Isle Vista Neighborhood Clinic and Planned Parenthood take most types of insurance and both do a great job with hormone therapy.

• UCSB Student Health Services has clinicians who specialize in gender-affirming hormone therapy and they would be happy to discuss your individual health, goals, and treatment options. Join the Line to connect via phone to make an appointment. Through Gateway, you can send a confidential email message to request an appointment or ask for more information. • It is recommended to read the information sheet about hormones before your appointment to help you identify issues you would like to review with your clinician. This will be sent to you when your appointment is scheduled and can be found on the UCSB Student Health Services website. • Your clinician will review both the potential benefits and risks of hormone therapy with you to help you know what changes to expect, address your concerns, and answer any questions you may have. • Your clinician will ask you about your health history including any current or past medical issues for you as well as for your immediate family. Also, they need to know about any prescription medications, drugs, and substances you currently take. • You will probably do lab work (blood tests) on this visit.