Transgender Health & Opinion
Transgender presents a unique set of issues when it comes to health, a set of issues that are rarely commonplace among practitioners within the various health care systems, and sometimes issues, or a combination of issues present as unique to individual transgender or gender questioning people. For this reason, it is crucial that transgender and gender questioning people receive an appropriately high standard of health care.
Unfortunately however, this isn't always the case as the occasional complex issues faced by transgender and gender questioning people have been neglected by a long-established system based on a gender binary that is continually and consistently being disproven. Transgender and gender questioning individuals
often face barriers in establishing adequate health care. From the application or not of Standards of Care through to post-surgery wellbeing, the issues faced by transgender and gender questioning people often evolve on the back of the experiences and opinions expressed by transgender and gender questioning people themselves.
This section contains a number of articles about transgender health, including the opinions of transgender and gender questioning people based on their experiences, and in time this section will also include other resources such as book reviews, videos, links to other health related services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Transgender Health and Opinion page of this website.
WE CAN'T EXPECT MORE FROM OUR HEALTH PROVIDERS
Article appeared in Polare 69, November 2006
As Trans people, it's up to all of us to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and to make our health care providers aware of our needs. When we are open and honest, we are more likely to get the advice and the care that can keep us healthy ...
WITH OR WITHOUT IMPLANTS
Article appeared in Polare 3, March 1993
Self-examination of your breasts should be done every two months. This article details how to detect any abnormalities or anything otherwise suspicious by looking at them, feeling them in the shower or laying down ...
... AND OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS FOR THE TRANSGENDERED
Article appeared in Polare 54, October 2003
The trans woman wants them and the trans man wants to get rid of them. Breasts can be a source of pride to the M.T.F. as hormones work their alchemy, they can also be a visible sign of the incongruity between the inner self and the outward body presentation of the F.T.M. ..
DISPELLING SOME UNBELIEVABLE MYTHS
Article appeared in Polare 101, November 2014
There is, quite unbelievably, a fairly widespread belief in the aged care sectorthat L.G.B.T.I. people with dementia lose their sexual or gender diversity ...
TRANSSEXUAL PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE SINGLED OUT FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT
Article appeared in Polare 35, February 2000
Because the S.O.C. were initially written as minimal standards, they were often over-interpreted by physicians that used the promise of hormones and surgery to influence changes in the transsexual's sexual orientation, manner of presentation and physical characteristics ...
HORMONES & OTHER DRUGS
Article appeared in Polare 7, May 1995
It is wise to be aware of the drug-drug interactions that take place within the bodywhen we take extraneous hormones and perhaps other drugs like alcohol, amphetamines, opiates and marijuana. We need to have information to allow us to make more informed choices ...
AN INTRODUCTION TO SOME SIDE-EFFECTS OF OESTROGEN HORMONE THERAPY
Article appeared in Polare 46, June 2002
Kathy suggests that transgender women be monitored for prolactin levels,breast and prostate cancer prior to embarking on oestrogen treatment and during hormone therapy and that regular tests be conducted for liver and kidney function, testosterone and oestrogen levels ...
RESPONSIBILITY, BLAME AND CULTURES OF CARE
Article appeared in Polare 74, January 2008
This paper explores the ideas of health responsibility and blame as in recent times there have been moves toward stressing the role of individual responsibility in the maintenance of health, as well as a tendency to blame some individuals and groups for their ill health ...
ONCE IT HAS TAKEN HOLD, THERE IS NO CURE
Article appeared in Polare 12, April 1996
Osteoporosis is a bone mass loss caused by a hormone shortage. F.T.M. a most at risk are those transsexuals who commenced oral therapy, rather than beginning with intramuscular forms of therapy ...
AS STARTLING AS THE PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES MAY BE, THE SIMILARITIES MAY BE VERY SURPRISING
Article appeared in Polare 20, August 1997
Many people assume that the sexes are very physically different. Yet as startling as the physical differences may be, the similarities may be very surprising. norrie explains these differences and similarities and reminds us that we're all the same species afterall ...
BANNED FOR MANY YEARS IN NORTH AMERICA
Article appeared in Polare 67, April 2006
Millions of women around the world over the past 35 years have had silicone breast implants for differing reasons. Yet in North America they have been banned because if they rupture, the silicone becomes embedded in tissue and it is virtually impossible to remove ...
EFFECTS UPON THE BODY THAT WE CAN SOMETIMES OVERLOOK
Article appeared in Polare 8, August 1995
The effects of different drugs on different individuals tend to have other effects upon the body that we can sometimes overlook and that also affect our sexual function and tolerance or intolerance to pain ...
AND THE UNNECESSARY GATEKEEPING IMPOSED BY THE SEXUAL REASSIGNMENT ACT 1988 (S.A.)
Article appeared in Polare 20, August 1997
Leigh relishes every moment of her new live, however, despite her overwhelming feelings of contentment and vastly improved quality of life following sex reassignment surgery, she has a number of constructive criticisms of South Australia's Sexual Reassignment Act ...
ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH GATEKEEPERS
Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995
Ruth Farmer explains that rejection by her local gender dysphoria team because they told her she was too old and did not pass the psychological test for womanhood caused her much unnecessary expense and heartbreak. She could better have used the money for electrolysis ...