Timing and Delivery of Fertility Preservation Information to Transgender Adolescents, Young Adults, and Their Parents.

TitleTiming and Delivery of Fertility Preservation Information to Transgender Adolescents, Young Adults, and Their Parents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsQuain KM, Kyweluk MA, Sajwani A, Gruschow S, Finlayson C, Gordon EJ, Johnson EK, Persky R, Dowshen N, Chen D
JournalJ Adolesc Health
Date Published2020 Aug 18
ISSN1879-1972
Abstract

PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine transgender adolescents and young adults' (AYA) and their parents' preferences regarding fertility preservation (FP) information provision and discussion timing.

METHODS: Data were derived from two separate studies: an online survey and semistructured qualitative interviews. Survey data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and interview data using conventional content analysis.

RESULTS: Survey participants (AYA: 88% and parents: 93%) preferred gender clinic physicians provide FP information, and nearly one-third endorsed mental health professionals (AYA: 28% and parents: 26%) or fertility specialists (AYA: 23% and parents: 30%). Interview participants' FP discussion timing preferences ranged from the initial clinic visit, follow-up visits, before medical intervention, to mentioning FP early but deferring in-depth discussion to follow-up visits.

CONCLUSIONS: Gender clinic physicians, mental health professionals, and fertility specialists should be prepared to discuss FP with transgender AYA and their parents. Opinions varied regarding when to provide FP information; therefore, discussion timing may need to be individualized.

DOI10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.06.044
Alternate JournalJ Adolesc Health
PubMed ID32826153