Description of format
Interdisciplinary panel presentation with opportunity for questions and discussion.
Summary of discussion topic
Medical decisions, including hormones, puberty blockers and surgeries, through the lens of fertility options will be addressed. This will include: prefacing fertility discussions with an acknowledgement of the myriad pathways to family building and parenthood; emphasizing mindfulness to discomforts that fertility discussions can generate for transgender and gender expansive youth and adults; and issues of optimal protocols for conducting fertility discussions with patients and family members. Information will be provided on ongoing research with implications for expanded fertility options for transgender and gender nonbinary patients seeking gender-affirming medical interventions.
Medical, mental health, and legal providers; educators, advocates, community members.
Fertility options must be discussed with clients and families as decisions are made about puberty blockers, hormones and surgeries even though much is unknown and the conversations can be challenging. Fertility options are rapidly changing, with modest improvements in access. Providers have an obligation to continue to learn about advances in assistive reproductive technologies, educate and discuss these advances with patients, and advocate for increases in coverage.