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Transgender Support

At A Woman’s Healing Center, we strive to make all of our patients feel welcomed and supported. That includes support for transgender individuals and those on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We are glad to be able to offer care options for all of our current transgender patients, and we welcome others who are interested in these services.

What Services Do You Offer?

Our care offerings for transgendered patients includes consultations with a doctor to discuss the best options for you, as well as providing some procedures and prescriptions to aid in gender transitions.  Below is an overview of how we can help you on your journey.

Vaginal Hysterectomies

Dr. Christine Skorberg is a leading surgeon for vaginal hysterectomies in Northern Colorado.  Dr. Skorberg performs the greatest number of vaginal hysterectomies in the region – many other local doctors use a laproscopic approach which has many downsides.

A vaginal hysterectomy is the method of hysterectomy most recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Vaginal hysterectomies have the shortest downtime and fewest complications and don’t leave any scars.

Ongoing Hormone Support

Our doctors at A Woman’s Healing Center can and do offer hormone prescriptions for trans women who need ongoing estrogen support.  We’re happy to provide the support and care that you need, and can work with you to identify an appropriate level estrogen for your body and situation.

Resources of Transgendered Individuals

If you’re interested in learning more about recommended care for hysterectomies in transgendered men, we recommend this article from The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.  We also encourage you to contact us or fill out the form below to make an appointment with one of our doctors. We’re glad to provide answers to your questions and help you get the best care that you need.

Frequently asked questions

Why consider a hysterectomy as a transgender man?

Hysterectomy with and without salpingectomy/oophorectomy can be a gender-affirming surgical therapy for transgender men.

For men taking testosterone, even those who no longer menstruate, it is still necessary to have regular pap smears and possible for them to develop health complications like ovarian cysts.  Removing the uterus and/or ovaries can help you to avoid these possible health complications or resolve issues that the may be occuring.

Why are vaginal hysterectomies better than laproscopic hysterectomies?

There are several reasons a vaginal hysterectomy is recommended over laparoscopic or robotic surgery.

  1. Data has shown that vaginal hysterectomies are an appropriate procedure for trans men.
  2. Vaginal hysterectomies have the fewest complications & blood loss
  3. They have the quickest recovery time.
  4. These surgeries are the most cost-effective and can be performed as an outpatient at the surgery center rather than the hospital.
  5. A vaginal hysterectomy has the added benefit of leaving no abdominal scars.

What if I might want to have children in the future?

If you want to have a child with a partner or surrogate in the future, you can have your eggs harvested. This can be discussed in a visit, but it is best to have your eggs harvested before taking testosterone or having a hysterectomy.

If menstruation has stopped, egg production has most likely stopped as well. If you’re already taking testosterone, you would need to stop and take estrogen again for egg retrieval, which may not align with your personal goals or comfort in your body.  If there is any possibility that you would like to retrieve your eggs it is best to discuss this with your doctor as soon as possible.

Do you have other transgendered patients?

Yes.  At A Woman’s Healing Center we have worked with and continue to care for a number of trans patients.  We understand what you’re going through and are here to support you along your personal journey.