- Reflect the language patients use to describe their reproductive organs and bodies (e.g., chest feeding rather than breast feeding; or “front hole” instead of vagina)|
- Plan to educate yourself, rather than relying upon your patient to teach you.
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- Be open to your patients’ expertise and learning when they want to share.
- Explain why sensitive questions are relevant; ensure these questions are clinically meaningful and not motivated by idle curiosity.
- Continue to maintain good medical care and judgment, do not attend so entirely on being gender savvy that you neglect routine protocols.
Note: there is a long history of transgender people facing abuse, objectification, and neglect both within and beyond healthcare settings; this may frame your encounters.