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Thielen Student Health Center

Does Thielen Student Health Center see trans and gender non-conforming patients?

Yes. Thielen Student Health Center seeks to be a welcoming, comfortable environment for all students. Health center staff have been working on becoming more knowledgeable about health care needs for trans and gender non-conforming people. Currently, health center staff are prepared to meet general health care needs for trans and gender non-conforming students.

For more information about Thielen Student Health Center, see their website.

Can I start hormones using Thielen Student Health Center services?

At the moment, Thielen Student Health Center cannot initiate hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, the staff can refer patients to providers in Iowa who can start the process of getting on hormones.

Also, Center staff are happy to provide information about medical providers in Iowa who can initiate HRT for trans people and we can share feedback we've heard from trans and gender non-conforming students about providers.

If I already have a prescription for hormones, can I get it refilled at Thielen Student Health Center?

Yes. The pharmacy at Thielen Student Health will refill hormone proscriptions, and the pharmacy makes it a priority to provide students with prescriptions at the lowest cost possible.

I'm nervous about visiting Thielen Student Health Center as a trans or gender non-conforming person, is there anyone I can contact for help?

Students who have questions or concerns about how gender identity or expression might impact their visit at Thielen Student Health Center are encouraged to contact:

Laura Knowles, RN, 515-294-7970


Lois Smith, RN, 515-294-5890

Laura and Lois will be happy to answer questions about what to expect at the clinic, and to discuss how Thielen staff can assist students to make their visit comfortable and helpful.


Off-Campus and Local Health Care Providers

Where in Iowa can I find medical providers who are knowledgeable about trans health and/or gender transition?

LGBTSS staff are happy to share referrals for trans-affirming health care providers in Iowa which we have collected via students and staff we work with. If you would like more information about medical providers in Iowa who specialize in trans health care and/or gender transition, please contact us.