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LGBTQ+ Care

LGBTQ+ Care 

The Student Health Center welcomes LGBTQ+ students to address their holistic health needs in an inclusive, supportive setting.  We are committed to creating a welcoming space where students can ask questions, be heard and collaborate.

Sexual Health and Wellness for All

Do you have questions about gender identity, coming out, dating, STI prevention, etc.?  We would be happy to talk with you.  Great resources on campus include the Peer Sexual Health program, Queer Connections, and the many meeting spaces of LGBTQ+ Western.

See these helpful links:

 

Please ask us about:

  • HPV vaccination – to prevent cervical, anal, and throat cancer and genital warts
  • PrEP – a pill you can take daily to prevent HIV
  • PEP – medication you can take if you think you’ve been exposed to HIV
  • Regular STI checks – available with a nurse or provider
  • Contraception & Emergency Contraception

Gender Affirmation

For trans & nonbinary students, our providers continue prescription hormones, support physical concerns, and refer to specialists as needed.  The Student Health Center, WWU Peer Educators, and Counseling Center are on-board to support your care. 

Voice Therapy

Students interested in voice therapy can get assistance at Western’s Speech and Language Clinic.

Body Talk

Your comfort is important to us.  Please let us know your pronouns and what words you use to describe your anatomy. 

Contraception & Emergency Contraception for Non-Binary Folx

Trans and non-binary people can use birth control for pregnancy prevention and for non-contraceptive benefits.  Contraception doesn’t interfere with hormone therapy and can suppress menses.  Emergency Contraception (EC) is also available.  If you take EC, we recommend you do a pregnancy test 4 weeks later and seek further evaluation if you have new pelvic pain or changes in your bleeding pattern.  Check out this helpful resource about contraception & EC.

Cancer Screening

If you have a uterus, it’s important to get regular cervical cancer screening.  The current recommendation is to do your first pap test age 21, then every three years.  Vaginal estrogen for a week before you schedule a pap is helpful if you use testosterone.  It will make screening more comfortable & your test more reliable. See this handout from the Fenway Institute for more information.

 

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