An estimated 1. And, today, the topic of transgender health care is more widely discussed than ever before. Despite this, lost in the shuffle between conversations about equal access to bathrooms and popular culture icons is the history of a piece of modern medicine that should no longer remain so elusive.
Transgender individuals have gender identity, gender expression, or behavior that differs from their biological sex assigned at birth. The earliest recognition of gender nonconformity in Western medicine was in the s and was labeled as a mental pathology. Now, the DSM-5 has only an overarching diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
Benita Arren was the third person to join an innovative study of transgender individuals in Belgium. Credit: Bea Uhart. Benita Arren wishes that the human body came with instructions.
Gender-affirming treatment of transgender people requires a multidisciplinary approach in which endocrinologists play a crucial role. The aim of this paper is to review recent data on hormonal treatment of this population and its effect on physical, psychological, and mental health. The Endocrine Society guidelines for transgender women include estrogens in combination with androgen-lowering medications.
Under federal and state laws, including the Affordable Care Act, it is illegal for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to discriminate against transgender people. Federal and state law prohibits most public and private health plans from discriminating against you because you are transgender. This means, with few exceptions, that it is illegal discrimination for your health insurance plan to refuse to cover medically necessary transition-related care.
Next Thursday, I will get a vagina. The procedure will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard the vagina as a wound; as a result, it will require regular, painful attention to maintain.
Find us on the 9th floor at Boylston Street from — PM. All access minute appointments with the Trans Health Patient Advocate for information and resources are available on Wednesday afternoons. Take a look at the PDF below for important information on how to change your name and gender markers in the United States.
Psychological distress among transgender people in Brazil: frequency, intensity and social causation — an ICD field study. Maria I. Lobato 1. Bianca M.
The Trans Health Program at University of Utah Health brings quality healthcare to trans adults and teens from all walks of life. Our doctors will be there to give you endless support wherever your journey takes you. Your comfort and trust matters the most to us.
Lack of awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity in health care communities eventually leads to inadequate access to, underutilization of, and disparities within the health care system for this population. Although the care for these patients is often managed by a specialty team, obstetrician—gynecologists should be prepared to assist or refer transgender individuals with routine treatment and screening as well as hormonal and surgical therapies. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and urges public and private health insurance plans to cover the treatment of gender identity disorder.