The transgender population: improving awareness for gynaecologists and their role in the provision of care

Barrett, James, Price, Suzanne and McManus, Joanne (2019) The transgender population: improving awareness for gynaecologists and their role in the provision of care. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, 21 (1). pp. 11-20. ISSN 1467-2561 (Print); 1744-4667 (Online)

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Key content: * The UK's transgender and non‐binary population is expanding, and this is reflected in the annual number of referrals to gender identity clinics. * Gender identity clinics offer a wide range of care to transgender patients, including hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery; however, increased demand has led to long waiting times for these clinics. * All transgender patients who wish to transition should be offered a fertility consultation to explore their options, which may involve fertility preservation such as sperm or oocyte cryopreservation. * Gynaecologists form a part of the multidisciplinary team who engage with transgender and non‐binary patients, either as part of the transition stage performing surgery or managing pre‐ or post‐transition gynaecological problems. * Gynaecologists should be aware of the potential barriers to health care often faced by transgender patients, and how the way in which patients are addressed during a consultation can improve their experience within the healthcare system. Learning objectives: * To provide clinicians with an understanding of what transitioning entails for transgender and non‐binary patients, and the multidisciplinary input they receive during this process. * To improve clinicians’ understanding of when transgender and non‐binary patients may access gynaecological services. * To ensure that affirmative language and communication is used when interacting with transgender and non‐binary patients to strengthen patient encounters in a progressive and positive manner.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published: 20 July 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fertility Preservation, Gender Reassignment Surgery, Gynaecology, Hormone Therapy, Transgender
Subjects: Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Sex Psychology > Transsexualism
Department/People: Special Units

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