Listening Time — 35:48
Pelvic floor issues can be physically and emotionally painful—embarrassing, as well—for any individual, regardless of gender or age. Add the transgender experience to the mix, and the potential for harassment and exclusion—and insensitivity by the medical establishment—is multiplied.
Inclusive care, built on trust, is a foundational prerequisite to subsequent treatment. Sensitivity and consultative respect are paramount at every step in the healing process.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Hannah Schoonover discusses the hallmarks of patient-centered care she provides to people who are transgender, and shares her own learning curve.
Joining her is "Greg," who recounts his experiences with pelvic pain as a transgender man, his decision to seek Hannah’s assistance, the reasons he felt safe with her, and how he ultimately came to feel, in his words, "reconnected" to this body.
Hannah Schoonover, PT, DPT, works at Body Connect Health and Wellness in Washington, DC. Her primary professional focus is pelvic health, with a particular interest in treating those who identify outside the traditional gender binary.