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Impact of gender identity in the inflammatory bowel disease population: an evidence review and practical steps for gastroenterologists
  1. Michael Colwill1,2,
  2. Richard Pollok1,2,
  3. Leighton Seal2,3,
  4. Andrew Poullis1,2
  1. 1St George's University of London, London, London, UK
  2. 2St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Colwill, Gastroenterology, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; m2307534{at}


There has been greater societal awareness of differences in gender identity and sexual orientation in recent years. The rates of identifying as transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC) are increasing and are known to be higher in the younger population and will therefore be over-represented in the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) subpopulation. However, despite this there is very little in the literature with regards to those who identify as TGNC and are diagnosed with IBD (TGNC-IBD). Many TGNC individuals have poor experiences when seeking healthcare and many physicians find it a challenging and daunting clinical situation to be faced with. We reviewed the available literature with regards to TGNC-IBD population demographics, physical, mental and sexual health considerations, medication interactions and implications for surgery in this heterogenous group. We have identified areas that need further research and suggested simple and practical steps that can be adopted in order to help healthcare providers improve the experience for TGNC individuals diagnosed with IBD and the quality of care they provide.

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  • Contributors AP and MC were involved in the conception. MC was responsible for the initial drafting. All authors were involved in reviewing and finalising the article. The authors have all made contributions to the writing of the manuscript. All authors have read and agreed upon the submitted version of this paper and bear responsibility for the content.

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