Transgender Health Care and Screenings

Some of the important health screenings you need to be aware of and other health issues


It is important to remember that after transitioning to your new gender role and registering your new name and gender with the NHS that you will be treated as your acquired gender. This means that important health screening tests can be completely missed as the NHS notification system will not notify that these need to be carried out. Please speak to your GP about having these important health screen tests carried out.

Male to Female Transgender People

Screening TestRequiredNotificationAge
1.Breast screening - see here

Yes

Yes

50 to 70
2.Cervical Smear - see here

No

Yes (possibly)

25 to 65
3.Prostate Cancer - see here

Yes

No

4.Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA Test) - see here

Yes

No

65+

Female to Male Transgender People

Breast screening - see here

Yes*

No

50 to 70
Cervical Smear - see here

Yes*

No

Prostate Cancer - see here

No

No

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA Test) - see here

No

Yes

65+

Items marked with an * indicate it might be necessary depending on which surgeries have been carried out

The NHS has just published a new leaflet aimed at screenings for transgender people which you can view here.

Further information on AAA Screenings:
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlargement of the main blood vessel in the abdomen and if left untreated it can be fatal. Men aged 65+ are most at risk. A simple scan can tell you if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The Exeter and South Devon AAA Screening Programme sends screening invitations to men during the year they turn 65. Any men over 65 who have not already been screened can arrange an appointment by calling 01803 655441.
In addition if your gender is different now from that recorded at birth, you may still need to be screened. Please contact 01803 655441 to self-refer.
A video has been produced by the NHS AAA Screening Programme, part of Public Health England, the expert national body that aims to protect and improve the nation’s health which you can watch here.
Please note – these telephone numbers are only applicable if you are in the South Devon Healthcare Trust area. Please contact your local Healthcare Trust to find out how to get your screening if you live outside the SDHCT area.
If you are worried about any aspect of screening, I raised the concerns that some of you raised with me when I posted information about this screening in some of the online social networking groups that I belong to. I received an email back which covered some of these points that you can read here. Obviously some further discussions are required (please see the additional page here after further discussions were held).

Sexual Health and Relationships:
Gendered Intelligence have produced an excellent booklet which explores sexual health and relationships for trans youth – but is relevant for all transgender people, whatever their age. Many transgender people feel that because of their history, if they meet somebody that is willing to date them, then they must give in to them sexually if they are pressured into doing so because they might not find another partner who understands their situation. The booklet explains why sexual boundaries should be discussed between partners and how to do this in safe way for yourself and your partner.

 

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