Standards of Care in transgender medicine

In transgender and gender-diverse medical care, gynaecologists play a supporting role. How should this group of patients be treated? The WPATH published a standard-of-care document on the issue.

Issue to know about the Standards of Care (SOC) in transgender medicine:

With SOC to nationwide good medical care

The medical recommendations for action were developed to achieve comprehensive quality medical care for transgender people and their families. Often, practitioners are insecure in dealing with their TGD patients - but this is usually without reason. The aim of the expert team was therefore to reduce uncertainty and ensure safe and high-quality care for all.

Evidence-based medicine as a foundation

The Standards of Care are based on evidence-based medicine - as well as the latest research findings. Each of the clinical recommendations is supported and justified with sources. The very comprehensive document can be downloaded free of charge.

18 chapters cover all areas of life

Conclusions for medical practice

As a gynaecologist in particular, you play an important role in the care of transgender people. In particular, men who were born as biological females and still have intact female reproductive organs still need regular gynaecological care - and, if necessary, antenatal care. If you would like to learn more about the current Standards of Care, we advise you to read the WPATH's recommendations for action. Although the document is extensive, it can serve as a clinical guide. You can download it free of charge here.


Coleman et al: Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8. Int J Transgend Health. 2022 Sep 6;23(Suppl 1):S1-S259. doi: 10.1080/26895269.2022.2100644. PMID: 36238954; PMCID: PMC9553112.