After being told by my GP in 2020 that I faced a three year wait to access hormone therapy treatment on the NHS, I knew I couldn't last that long. I already had an idea about the potential waiting times – having been involved in online trans communities since I was 16 – but hearing those words from someone else, confirming things, was a heavy blow. It would have been disastrous for my mental health, simply because I knew I needed hormone treatment to finally start living my life as me. As soon as I was in a comfortable position where I had the full support of my parents, I started looking into private clinics. I also had a few friends who'd had private appointments, and when they explained to me how it all worked, I felt like it was the best thing for me to do. So I used my student maintenance loan to pay a private clinic for various consultations and a testosterone prescription. In a way, I feel lucky that I was able to go down this route, but I also deeply resent it. A cisgender person who wants to visit a doctor does not have to… Read full this story
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