Thursday, December 29, 2016

More Support From The Medical Community

Another medical organization just joined the ranks of the other medical organization that supports the trans community.
New ACOG Committee Opinion: Support Transgender Adolescents
Medscape Medical News
By Bridget M. Kuehn
December 27, 2016

Obstetrician-gynecologists must offer sensitive and supportive care to transgender adolescents, a new committee opinion from American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends. The recommendations are important because one of the first places a transgender adolescent may express their feelings of gender dysphoria may be at their obstetrician-gynecologist's office. The committee opinion was published online December 21 and in the January 2017 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Transgender individuals have gender identities that differ from the sex they were assigned at birth. According to estimates from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, about 1 in 11,900 individuals assigned a male gender at birth are transgender females, and about 1 in 30,400 individuals assigned a female gender at birth are transgender males. Obstetrician-gynecologists, who are increasingly seeing transgender patients, can provide both support and essential care to these individuals, according to ACOG's Committee on Adolescent Health.

"We have a responsibility to approach transgender adolescents in an informed and thoughtful fashion, positioning ourselves as part of their support network during what can often be a complicated and emotionally fraught process," Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD, coauthor of the committee opinion and director of pediatric and adolescent obstetrics and gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Children's National Health System, District of Columbia, said in a news release.
This is a very big step; let’s hope that this will end the bias that many OB/GYN have against us.

I know of many trans men and women who were told that they were not welcome in the waiting rooms of OB/GYN. A lot of trans men still need medical attention for their body and are turned away from healthcare providers because the provider is uncomfortable with a trans patient and many have died because of lack of healthcare.

Most notable was Robert Eads who died January 17, 1999 at age 53 of ovarian cancer because no one would treat him.

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