March 23rd, 2018

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Managing the Unique Medical and Reproductive Needs of the Transgender Population
Authors:  Amanda J. Adeleye, M.D., and Mark V. Sauer, M.D.
  As the healthcare needs of the transgender population are increasingly recognized, it is important to understand the impact that gender affirming treatments can have on future family building—especially if genetically related children are desired. This review examines several studies that demonstrate a desire for fertility preservation or family building within the transgender population. Further, currently available options for family building in the transgender population are reviewed, including gamete or embryo cryopreservation and surrogacy, which may help transgender patients achieve pregnancy. Finally, the legal implications of family building for transgender people are discussed.
Keywords:  fertility preservation, gender identity, health services for transgender persons, transgendered persons, transexualism
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