Committee Opinion no. 512: health care for transgender individuals

Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Dec;118(6):1454-1458. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31823ed1c1.


Transgender individuals face harassment, discrimination, and rejection within our society. 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.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Sex Reassignment Procedures*
  • Transsexualism / therapy*