More than a million Americans consider themselves to be transgender, meaning their personal gender identity is different from their sex at birth. Among the many frustrations experienced by people struggling with gender identity issues is how to become a parent, if that is a goal. Fortunately, modern medicine offers a range of solutions that can help transgender men and women become moms and dads.
At Yale Fertility Center, we offer an array of treatment choices for transgender men and women. We provide all possible support during the process of transition, including resources for hormonal management. Our center also offers fertility preservation for female-to-male and male-to-female transgender patients, as well as assistance in third-party reproduction options.
“This is specialized care you won’t find elsewhere in the state,” says Amanda Kallen, MD, a Yale Medicine reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. “Reproductive options are confusing to navigate, and not something you are necessarily thinking about when you’re pursuing transitional services. We always walk you through the options so you can make informed decisions.”
According to Dr. Kallen, transgender individuals don’t always have access to or information about the services and support they need. “Everyone should have the opportunity to have a child with their own eggs or their own sperm, and it shouldn’t have anything to do with gender identity or financial situation,” she says.