Dr. Unger is a Fellow in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, where she is developing a subspecialty in transgender women’s surgery and health.
Dr. Unger reports no financial relationships relevant to this audiocast.
Dr. Cecile Unger answers, "What clinical aspects may be slightly different, and what should not be at all different, from treating any other patient?"
Although precise data are unavailable, it was estimated in 2011 that there were nearly 700,000 transgendered persons in the United States.1 This means that gynecologists in certain locales regularly encounter transgender patients in clinical practice.
At the 2015 Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), held May 2-6 in San Francisco, California, Dr. Cecile A. Unger discussed the role of the gynecologist in the care of transgender patients.
In this interview with OBG Management, Dr. Unger discusses:
pertinent terminology, including gender dysphoria, and important clinical aspects of examining and treating a transgender patient
what a clinician be screening for in general, as well as specifically, in the transgender population, including considerations for when a patient is undergoing hormone therapy
the importance of developing trust and how that can be accomplished.