Access to comprehensive and quality health care is one of the vital rights of every individual. Above all, it should serve all colors and harness gender-sensitive practices within the community. In order to advance this cause, The Medical City (TMC) launched its Center for Gender Health and Wellness, designed to provide holistic, gender-responsive health care to members of LGBTIQ + (lesbians, gays, bisexuals). , transgender, intersex, queer, more) to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being and personal development.
At the launch held on February 10, 2020, Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, President and CEO of TMC; Dr Rafael S. Claudio, chief medical officer; Dr. Lizette Kristine F. Lopez, head of the Center for Gender Health and Welfare; Dr Ma. Cecilia G. Vicencio, Director of the Institute for Women’s Health; Dr Christian Flores, director of the Institute of Well-being and Aesthetics; Dr Theresa Agcaoili, Head of Endocrinology Section, Department of Medicine; Dr Victoria Patricia C. dela Llana, TMC psychiatrist; Doctors, staff and guests of TMC. Miss International Queen 2012 and LGBTIQ + lawyer Kevin Balot also graced the event as she expressed interest in the programs and services at the new center.
“The vision of the Medical City Center for Gender Health and Wellness is to be the first health and wellness center in the Philippines that provides holistic, gender-responsive health care to sexual and gender minorities,” said the Dr Lopez.
“This is a historic and pioneering occasion, not only because we are inaugurating a new physical center. This signals a new direction for medical services in The Medical City, as it refers to increased responsiveness to social and health needs, especially underserved segments of the population – LGBTIQ +, ”said Dr Claudio.
“We hope to urge everyone to get involved in spreading the good news of this program which we hope will benefit not only the LGBTIQ + community but the entire population,” added Dr Claudio.
The center provides services and packages that meet the needs of the LGBTIQ + community to help them actualize their chosen gender identities. Its health care services use a multidisciplinary approach, involving primary care, mental health services (p.
It also offers various programs and services that aim to provide members and families of the LGBTIQ + community with the appropriate care they need to support them throughout their journey.
The Center for Gender Health and Wellness is made up of various specialists who are highly qualified in their own specializations, particularly in endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics and wellness. The team of experts also includes infectious disease specialists who will counsel, test and treat infections, and surgical specialists who will help advise and assess the risks and benefits of procedures that include breast-affirming surgeries. kind.
The center is located at The Medical City Institute of Aesthetics and Wellness, a complex separate from the main hospital with its own elevators and a relaxing interior. It provides a safe and non-discriminatory space where individuals can access services on sexual well-being, transgender well-being, hypogonadism, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fertility and menopause.
He is now here to pave the way for individuals to make their gender choices and to transition to their preferred gender roles with the utmost care and support they need.
Packages and services
The Sexual Wellness Package provides counseling, testing, and treatment for common sexually transmitted infections, including HIV / AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and viral hepatitis. Data confidentiality and confidentiality are ensured throughout the process, from the time of counseling to the time of testing and treatment.
Transgender packages provide counseling services for gender-affirming therapy, as well as testing and monitoring for any other conditions and possible effects of therapy. Gender affirming therapy includes hormone therapy and, optionally, gender affirming surgery, as requested.
Hypogonadism packages are intended to investigate and treat the causes of incomplete physical sexual development in adults. These packages are also aimed at women who have missed their period or have very irregular periods, and men who have low libido and other sexual disorders.
The PCOS package provides risk assessment, workup and treatment for patients with menstrual disorders. PCOS is the most common cause of menstrual disturbances in the Philippines. These patients may also have other problems, such as the male face. and body hair, as well as metabolic disorders such as high blood sugar and lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) levels, high blood pressure and obesity.
The Fertility Package helps determine the fertility of women of childbearing age. These diagnoses will guide the obstetrician-gynecologist towards tailor-made care for patients seeking help in attempting to conceive children.
The Menopause Package helps determine hormone levels affecting the well-being of women during their pre-menopause and menopause phases. These diagnoses will guide hormone replacement and appropriate symptom relief to help women on their journey through their later years.
Patients can be referred to any other specialty as needed. All existing specialties are more than sufficiently represented in The Medical City.
For more information and to make an appointment, contact the Center for Gender Health & Wellness at 8988-1000 ext. 6576.
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