- Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise: Contraception, Gender Affirming Care, Gender Identity, Gynecology, Obstetrics
Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Canton Crossing, Baltimore, MD
- Instructor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Expertise: Gender Affirming Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Primary Location: Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - East Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Gyn/Ob Care for Transgender and Gender Expansive Patients
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology offers transgender and gender expansive patients a full range of gynecologic and obstetric care.
From the moment you arrive and through every examination, test and procedure, expect to feel seen, cared for and in control so you can enjoy a healthier life.
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Services We Offer
Our team works closely with the Center for Transgender and Gender Expansive Health to provide care and guidance for the following treatments or to make referrals for complex health concerns.
Prevention, Screening and Sexual Health
Based on your risk factors, you can get testing, screening and therapies, including:
- Annual exam
- Pap tests for patients who have a cervix
- Referrals for mammograms (your doctor may recommend screening if you have genetic risks for breast cancer, even if you have had top surgery)
- Sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment
- Contraception, including:
- Options for those receiving hormones as part of their transitioning treatments
- Trauma-informed intrauterine device (IUD) insertion
- IUD placement under anesthesia
- HIV prevention (pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP)
For people contemplating treatment with hormones or surgery as part of their gender affirmation, preserving fertility in advance may be a consideration. Freezing eggs, ovarian tissue, sperm or embryos can keep parenthood options open once transition is complete.
Pregnancy and Delivery
Once you are pregnant, our care continues, with support for a healthy pregnancy and expertise in obstetric care and delivery. For advanced care, we can connect you with experts in high-risk pregnancies.
Insurance, Legal Issues and Paperwork
We understand the complex insurance and legal aspects involved with issues such as surrogacy and adoption, and can help you navigate the paperwork. Our familiarity with social services and resources for gender expansive and transgender people can help you receive services to grow your family.
Trauma disproportionately affects people who identify as transgender and gender expansive. For anyone who has had a frightening, painful or violent experience involving their body, feelings of panic, depersonalization or fear can be a barrier to receiving medical care, especially procedures that involve anesthesia.
Our approach to examining and treating transgender people uses principles of trauma-informed care to reduce anxiety. For example:
- Verbal communication during each step of an exam or procedure, so you will understand what is happening and why
- Respect for your bodily autonomy, with appropriate covering
- Sensitivity to triggering actions and language
- Self-directed urinary tests for some infections if you cannot undergo an exam
When I first walk in and meet a new patient, I just sit down and say, ‘How are you doing, and what can we do for you?’ If it’s not something I do, I can guide you to someone who can.Stephen Martin, M.D.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins’ Community Physicians
Learn more about our Gyn/Ob care for transgender and gender expansive patients.
Communication is where we start. Before any examination, your doctor will have a conversation to learn about you, your health and your concerns. We will help you with the details, including navigating insurance and financial arrangements.
Collaboration Across the Health System
We collaborate with colleagues in transgender and gender expansive health, gynecologic surgery, fertility, assisted reproduction, high-risk pregnancy, and labor and delivery.
Safe and Supportive
We offer patients a safe, supportive environment, where they are listened to and cared about. We provide trauma-informed examinations, tests and procedures.
Our Care Team
Our doctors, midwives and nurse practitioners are specially dedicated to delivering compassionate care to transgender and gender expansive patients.