ISGMH Collaborates Across Multiple Departments in Transgender Fertility Study

ISGMH faculty members Dr. Brian Mustanski and Dr. Kathryn Macapagal, as well as research coordinator Maggie Matson, recently co-authored a paper for the Journal of Adolescent Health titled “Attitudes Toward Fertility and Reproductive Health Among Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents.” The paper expands current knowledge about the reproductive desires of transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) adolescents who may experience infertility following gender-affirming medical care.

The study was a collaboration across ISGMH, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and multiple Northwestern University departments, including the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Medical Social Sciences, and the Department of Urology & Center for Healthcare Studies at the Feinberg School of Medicine. It also involved collaboration with Celia B. Fisher of the Center for Ethics Education and Department of Psychology at Fordham University. The study was supported in part by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

According to the study, TGNC adolescents varied in their desires for parenthood, expressed interest in multiple family formation options, and identified a need for more information about their options. This points to the growing  importance of having trans-competent clinicians who are aware of the unique fertility and reproductive health needs of TGNC youth.