What is self-medding/self-medicating?

Self-medding or self-medicating is the term used to describe the process whereby a trans individual carries out their own research via trans forums and support groups to try to understand what levels of hormones might be right for their needs. The individual then obtains the “medication” (often without a prescription) and begins to follow a treatment regime. This approach is often unmonitored and the legitimacy of the medication questionable, which can carry worrying health implications.

If you are self-medicating and want to stop, you can talk to your GP about bridging hormones or begin treatment with GenderGP via our Appraisal Pathway.