More Information: For Committee Opinion #685—Care for Transgender Adolescents

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to Committee Opinion 685, "Care for Transgender Adolescents."

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG's endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Adolescent Confidentiality and Electronic Health Records” (Committee Opinion No. 599)
This committee opinion recognizes the importance of confidentiality in adolescent health care, and provides information on federal and state laws that may affect confidentiality. It also urges providers to consider using electronic health records systems with “adolescent-specific modules” to accommodate the confidentiality needs of minors.

Resources for Women and Patients

ACOG FAQ, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Teens”
This FAQ page provides information for teens and adolescents on gender identity, sexual orientation, and practicing safe sex.

External Resources

World Professional Organization for Transgender Health-The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
WPATH is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. WPATH’s Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders are available through this website, in addition to several other resources.

University of California, San Francisco Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California, San Francisco, aims to increase access to health care services for trans communities.

National LGBT Health Education Center
The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs and consultation to health care organizations to help optimize health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients.

Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline
This guideline provides recommendations for endocrinologists on providing care to transsexual patients, including children and adolescents.

A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children (SAMHSA, 2014)
This SAMHSA guide offers information to help providers implement best practices in helping families support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.

The National LGBT Health Education Center LGBT Health Webinar Series
This webinar series features key topics on LGBT health and CME/CEU credit. Both live and on-demand webinars are eligible for CME/CEU credit.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center: Trans Basics
This online educational tool created by the LGBTCC Gender Identity Project (GIP) contains information about and resources for trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming people and their allies, co-workers, partners, families and friends.

Confidentiality Protections for Adolescents and Young Adults in the Health Care Billing and Insurance Claims Process
This article in the Journal of Adolescent Health provides information on delivering confidential health services to consenting adolescents and young adults.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
NCTE is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

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