WPATH Standards of Care

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The World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) is an interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. In addition to connecting professionals across disciplines, WPATH publishes the Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. The Standards of Care provide flexible clinical guidelines for health professionals supporting transgender, transsexual, and gender nonconforming people, especially in accessing gender-affirming services.

It’s useful to know what the Standards of Care are, especially when using health insurance to cover gender-affirming surgeries.

These guidelines are frequently used by medical providers and health insurance networks to guide treatment and coverage, but they aren’t the only model used. For hormones, many providers may use an informed consent model.