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Feasibility of Vaginal Hysterectomy for Female-to-Male Transgender Men

Obedin-Maliver, Juno MD, MPH; Light, Alexis MD, MPH; de Haan, Gene MD; Jackson, Rebecca A. MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001866
Contents: Original Research

OBJECTIVE: To describe the hysterectomy data among a cohort of transgender men and nontransgender (ie, cisgender) women with a particular goal to evaluate the feasibility of vaginal hysterectomy among transgender men.

METHODS: This cohort study includes all hysterectomies performed for benign indications on transgender men and cisgender women at a single academic county hospital from 2000 to 2012. Hysterectomy cases and patient gender were identified by billing records and confirmed by review of medical records. Primary study outcome was the hysterectomy route among transgender men compared with cisgender women. We also examined risk factors and operative outcomes. Student two-sided t tests, χ2 analysis, and descriptive statistics are presented; sensitivity analyses using regression techniques were performed.

RESULTS: Hysterectomies for benign gynecologic procedures were performed in 883 people: 33 on transgender men and 850 on cisgender women. Transgender men were younger, had fewer pregnancies and deliveries, and smaller uteri. The leading indication for hysterectomy differed significantly: pain (85%) was most common among transgender men (compared with 22% in cisgender women; P<.001), whereas leiomyomas (64%) was most common for cisgender women (compared with 21% in transgender men; P<.001). Vaginal hysterectomies were performed in 24% transgender men and 42% of cisgender women. Estimated blood loss was less among transgender men (P=.002), but when uterine size and route of hysterectomy were considered, the difference between gender groups was no longer significant. There was no difference in patients experiencing complications between the groups.

CONCLUSION: Transgender men and cisgender women have different preoperative characteristics and surgical indications. Vaginal hysterectomies have been successfully completed among transgender men. Because vaginal hysterectomy is a viable procedure for this population, it should be considered in surgical planning for transgender men.

For transgender men who are undergoing hysterectomy, the vaginal route is a viable option.

Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, and the Department of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco, California; the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC; and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon.

Corresponding author: Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California San Francisco, 550 16th Street, c/o WHCRC 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94158; email: ObedinMaliverJ@obgyn.ucsf.edu.

Original research was supported by a University of California San Francisco Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Resident Research Grant.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

Presented at the Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, April 26–30, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

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