Welcoming transgender and nonbinary patients: expanding the language of "women's health"

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Dec;219(6):585.e1-585.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2018.09.018. Epub 2018 Sep 26.


In this article, we consider the impact of gendered language on our ability to provide inclusive care and to address health disparities experienced by transgender and nonbinary people. We posit that while obstetrician-gynecologists and others trained in women's health are already well positioned to extend care to this population, we can improve this care through simple adjustments in the framing and language we use.

Keywords: gender affirming; gender dysphoria; gender identity; gender nonbinary; gender nonconforming; gender queer; obstetrics and gynecology; transgender; transsexual; women’s health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gynecology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Transgender Persons*
  • United States