Gender Reassignment

Gender Reassignment

There are no official statistics nationally or regionally regarding transgender populations, however, GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society - estimated that, in 2007, the prevalence of people who had sought medical care for gender variance was 20 per 100,000, i.e. 10,000 people, of whom 6,000 had undergone transition. 80% were assigned as boys at birth (now trans women) and 20% as girls (now trans men). However, there is good reason, based on more recent data from the individual gender identity clinics, to anticipate that the gender balance may eventually become more equal.

Transgender healthcare: guidance for doctors

This GMC guidance is aimed to help doctors see how the principles of Good medical practice apply in relation to trans patients and also to explain doctors’ duties under the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation.

Top Tips for Working with Trans People [2013]

This guide is designed to give staff a basic understanding of trans people and their needs, as well as tips on how you can best support them in your role and in the workplace. It will also point you to sources of further reading and information.

Gender identity – Trans

If you are trans, take a look at the information below about ways you can look after your health.

Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs

Trans people are more likely to have been smokers, to drink alcohol more often and to have taken drugs compared to the general population. If you would like help with quitting smoking, drinking or drug taking there are services across the East Riding you can use. Take a look at the East Riding of Yorkshire council website for more information.

Antidote is the UK’s only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) run and targeted drug and alcohol support service. The service provides non-judgemental free advice and support delivered by highly trained staff and volunteers – all of whom identify as LGB or T, and who have a good understanding of the pressures and problem that come with recreational drug or alcohol use. Call their helpline on 020 7833 1674, 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday and ask for one of the Antidote team.

Domestic abuse

Some studies have found that trans people can disproportionately experience domestic abuse, and that this can include transphobic abuse from partners.

If you are trans and experiencing domestic abuse you can get support from Broken Rainbow. The national freephone helpline (0800 999 5428) provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT communities, their family, friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline is run by trained LGBT people and provides a space where you can talk through what is going on, and explore your options. 1pm-5pm on Tuesdays, Broken Rainbow provides a trans* specific service.

Local support is also available.  Take a look at the East Riding of Yorkshire council website for more information.

Mental health and wellbeing

Many trans people have experienced a range of difficulties in their lives, which can contribute to mental health problems. In fact, trans people experience higher rates of mental ill health compared to the general population. This is not because of their gender identity, but is likely to be linked to difficulties such as bullying, stigma and discrimination. If you need support with your mental health and wellbeing there are services both locally and nationally.

PACE is London's leading charity promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and with the expansion of their online services is supporting LGBT people nationwide.

More information about local support available can be found here.

Trans younger people

Trans young people or those questioning their sexuality can often face difficulties such as bullying. 

Lollipop is a local young (13-19) persons’ LGBT+ support group which meets every other Wednesday in Beverley town centre. Lollipop Helpline – 01482 392839 (9am-5pm ¦ Monday – Friday)

Mermaids is a national organisation which provides support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.

Sexual health

The Terrence Higgins Trust have published booklets & webpages on trans sexual health for both trans women and trans men, which are also non-binary inclusive.

Gendered Intelligence have also published a booklet on sexual health for young trans and non-binary people.

You can find your local sexual health services here 

Transgender people and HIV

The World Health Organisation has published a policy brief Transgender people and HIV.  This technical brief summarizes essential information and existing World Health Organisation recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among transgender populations.

Health Checks and Screening

The NHS routinely invites people for certain health screenings, such as breast cancer screening (mammograms) and cervical screening. Healthcare professionals may also offer screenings for other cancers such as prostate cancer, dependent on your symptoms. It is important for trans people to be aware of what screenings they may be invited to and which they need. The best way to find out what you need would be to talk to a healthcare professional. Below is an example of cervical screening that outlines the different recommendations.

If you are an FtM/trans man aged 25 to 64 who is registered with a GP as male, you will not be invited for your smear test. However, if you have not had a hysterectomy and still have a cervix, you should still have your smear test. This is especially important if you have had any abnormal smears in the past.

If you are an FtM/trans man aged 25 to 64 who is registered with a GP as female, you will automatically be invited for your smear test. We recommend that you still have your smear test if you have not yet had a hysterectomy and still have a cervix.

If you are an MtF/trans woman aged 25 to 64 who is registered with a GP as female, you may be invited for your smear test. However, as you do not have a cervix, you will not need to be screened. If this applies to you, you can let your GP know so your records can be updated and you are not updated unnecessarily.

If you are an MtF/trans woman aged 25 to 64 who is registered with a GP as male, you will not be invited for a smear test and will not need to be screened.