UterX: A Collaboration, Produced by In Sickness + In Health with Ask Me About My Uterus and MedX Student Advisor + ePatient Charlie Blotner

UterX: A Collaboration, Produced by In Sickness + In Health with Ask Me About My Uterus and MedX Student Advisor + ePatient Charlie Blotner

About the Project: UterX

UterX (pronounced you-ter-EX) is a special podcast project about issues in gynecological healthcare for transmasculine and gender nonconforming individuals. It was produced by In Sickness + In Health with Ask Me About My Uterus and MedX Student Advisor + ePatient Delegate, Charlie Blotner, for the 2016 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Storyteller Track.

In Sickness + In Health is an audio podcast, hosted and produced by 2016 MedX ePatient Delegate, Cara Gael O'Regan. The show features discussions about our relationships with our bodies, and issues at the intersections with chronic illness, disability, healthcare, and mortality.

Ask Me About My Uterus is a Medium publication founded by 2015 MedX ePatient Scholar, Abby M. Norman. The site features first-person essays, interviews and research about menstruation, menopause, miscarriage, identity, sex and conditions of the reproductive system.

The name UterX comes from our mission to neutralize the gendered language of gynecological healthcare, and expand those conversations to include those who do not identify as women. 'X' has been used as a gender neutral alternative in other cases, such as in Latinx (alternative to Latino, Latina, or Latin@) and the gender neutral honorific Mx. (alternative to Mr., Mrs. or Ms.) 'X' has also been used in other contexts to signal inclusivity, such as the case with MedX, whose slogan is "Everyone Included™"



You can listen to UterX below, or subscribe to In Sickness + In Health on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts.

 
Charlie Blotner is the 2016 MedX Student Advisor and an ePatient Delegate on the Storyteller Track. They are co-moderator of #btsm (brain tumor social media) chats, and a Cure Forward precision medicine team member. Preferred pronouns: they/them

Charlie Blotner is the 2016 MedX Student Advisor and an ePatient Delegate on the Storyteller Track. They are co-moderator of #btsm (brain tumor social media) chats, and a Cure Forward precision medicine team member.
Preferred pronouns: they/them

UterX: Episode One

Content Warning: discussion of suicide rates and transphobia

2016 MedX Student Advisor, ePatient Delegate, and In Sickness + In Health Junior Uterus Correspondent, Charlie Blotner, joins Cara to discuss issues related to accessing gynecological healthcare for transmasculine individuals. They talk about coverage exclusions for transition-related care, gynecological cancer rates, and the exclusionary nature of the gendered language of reproductive health issues.

You can see Charlie's ePatient Ignite! talk, "On self-identity, gender, and their impact on whole-person health," from MedX 2015.

Follow Charlie on Twitter @CBlotner_

Episode Transcript

Abby M. Norman is a writer, founder of Ask Me About My Uterus, and a 2016 MedX ePatient Delegate on the Storyteller Track. She is also currently writing a memoir about her weird life. You can find all of her appearances on the In Sickness + In Health podcast here. Preferred pronouns: she/her

Abby M. Norman is a writer, founder of Ask Me About My Uterus, and a 2016 MedX ePatient Delegate on the Storyteller Track. She is also currently writing a memoir about her weird life. You can find all of her appearances on the In Sickness + In Health podcast here.
Preferred pronouns: she/her

UterX: Episode Two

2015 MedX ePatient Scholar, In Sickness + In Health Senior Uterus Correspondent and founder of Ask Me About My Uterus, Abby M. Norman, joins Cara to talk about her work with on the publication.

You can follow Abby on Twitter @abbymnorman and Ask Me About My Uterus @menstrualmaven.

Episode and transcript coming soon!

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Project Resources

UterX Glossary of Terms

Why We Must Stop Calling Menstruation A ‘Women’s Issue’ round table from The Establishment
Guys Need Pap Tests, Too: A Trans Man’s Guide to Visiting the Gyno from Everyday Feminism
Ovarian Cancer in Transgender Men from the National LGBT Cancer Network

Study: Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities from the journal Pediatrics

Transgender Suicide Attempt Rates Are Staggering from Vocativ
Report: Suicide Attempts Among Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Adults from the Williams Institute and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Trans Lifeline is a crisis hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people, available in both the US and Canada
US: 877-565-8860 + Canada: 877-330-6366

HHS Issues Regulations Banning Trans Health Care Discrimination from the National Center for Transgender Equality
States file another lawsuit over Obama transgender rules from the Associated Press

FAQ on Access to Transition-Related Care from Lambda Legal
ID Documents Center
for state-by state info on legal name and gender marker changes on state and federal IDs and records

Episode 27 - A Place I've Gone for Necessity with S. Leigh Thompson, about the hurdles to diagnosis he's faced as a trans person with complex health issues, healthcare insecurity, getting around the city with mobility limitations, and navigating society with invisible disabilities.

Links to Learn More

National Center for Transgender Equality
- About Transgender People
- Understanding Transgender People: The Basics
- Understanding Non-Binary People: How to Be Respectful and Supportive
LGBTQ+ Definitions
from Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER)

For Patients and Parents

Explore Topics at genderspectrum
Hudson's FTM Resource Guide
Gender Development from Children's Hospital of Chicago

Finding Care Providers
Planned Parenthood health centers are open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. You can visit your local Planned Parenthood health center for STD testing, birth control, physical exams, other sexual and reproductive health services, and referrals.
- Information from PP on Trans and Gender Nonconforming Identities
- Find a Planned Parenthood health center and learn about the services it offers
My Trans Health is a place to find vetted, trans-friendly healthcare providers
Trans Record is a database of providers in different specialties who understand the unique needs of the trans community
RAD Remedy is dedicated to connecting trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer folks to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care.
In New York: Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
In Boston: Fenway Health
In Chicago: Lurie Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Chicago
In San Fransisco: Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF
- The Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
In Seattle: Seattle Children's Adolescent Clinic (coming soon!)

For Providers

Information for Healthcare Providers from The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF
Information on Transgender Health for healthcare professionals from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
Information for HCPs Caring for Gender-expansive Youth from genderspectrum
Gender-affirming Mental Health Resources from genderspectrum


Explore Cara's other projects for the 2016 MedX ePatient Storyteller Track


Credits

Executive Producer: Cara Gael O'Regan
Associate Producer: Charlie Blotner
Associate Producer: Abby M. Norman
Editorial Advisor: Charlie Blotner

Researched by
Charlie Blotner
Cara Gael O'Regan
Abby M. Norman

Hosted by: Cara Gael O'Regan
Edited by: Cara Gael O'Regan
Music by: Vincent Tabulka
Transcribed by: Charlie Blotner

Special Thanks
Stanford Medicine X
Mark Freeman
Slack
Evernote
+
Cara's Elaborate System of To Do Lists™
(without which none of this would be possible)