Trans Health & Terminology

By Dr. Pauline Cundill. Updated 13th Oct 2014

Trans health

Gender nonconformity is stigmatised in many societies, leading to prejudice and discrimination. Trans people often have poorer health outcomes than other people, which often relates to experiences or fear of discrimination, rejection or isolation. They may present later to medical services when they are unwell, and often do not have a regular GP. They are under-represented in medical research studies and screening programs. Trans people have higher rates of depression and anxiety than other community members. In studies from comparable nations, up to 47% of trans people have attempted suicide.

Some gender diverse people report negative attitudes from medical providers, adding further barriers to accessing equitable health care.

At Northside Clinic we are experienced in and passionate about the health and well being  of the trans community. We aim to create a space in which trans people feel comfortable, whilst receiving exceptional medical care, support and advice.

Trans Terminology

Terminology within the trans community varies and has changed over time.

‘Trans’ is a broad term, and the community is diverse. We use the term ‘trans’ or ‘transgender’ in an inclusive way. There are many different ways that people identify, for example as trans, gender diverse, transgender, transsexual, FTM, MTF, transmasculine, androgynous, gender queer, gender neutral, sistergirl, brotherboy.

Trans people often do not identify with the sex allocated to them at birth. Some people identify as the opposite sex to their birth sex. Other people may identify as neither male nor female, often referred to as “Gender Queer”, or “Gender Neutral”.

Many gender nonconforming people do not seek or require medical treatment as their gender identity / expression does not cause them distress.

“Gender Incongruence” (previously known as “Gender Dysphoria”) refers to discomfort or distress that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth.

Some people seek treatment to align their physical appearance with their gender identity. This may include social transition, hormone therapy, and surgical treatment.