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Reproductive wish in transsexual men

(2012) HUMAN REPRODUCTION. 27(2). p.483-487
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Background: Hormonal therapy and sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in transsexual persons lead to an irreversible loss of their reproductive potential. The current and future technologies could create the possibility for female-to-male transsexual persons (transsexual men) to have genetically related children. However, little is known about this topic. The aim of this study is to provide information on the reproductive wishes of transsexual men after SRS. Methods: A self-constructed questionnaire was presented to 50 transsexual men in a single-center study. Results: The majority (64%) of transsexual men were currently involved in a relationship. Eleven participants (22.0%) reported having children. For eight participants, their female partner was inseminated with donor sperm, whereas three participants gave birth before hormonal therapy and SRS. At the time of interview, more than half of the participants desired to have children (54%). There were 18 participants (37.5%) who reported that they had considered freezing their germ cells, if this technique would have been available previously. Participants without children at the time of investigation expressed this desire more often than participants with children (x2 test: P ¼ 0.006). Conclusions: Our data reveal that the majority of transsexual men desire to have children. Therefore, more attention should be paid to this topic during the diagnostic phase of transition and to the consequences for genetic parenthood after starting sex reassignment therapy.
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reproductive wish, gamete preservation, gender identity disorder, transsexualism, CHILDREN, REASSIGNMENT, PARENTS

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Wierckx, Katrien, Eva Van Caenegem, Guido Pennings, et al. “Reproductive Wish in Transsexual Men.” HUMAN REPRODUCTION 27.2 (2012): 483–487. Print.
APA
Wierckx, K., Van Caenegem, E., Pennings, G., Elaut, E., Dedecker, D., Van de Peer, F., Weyers, S., et al. (2012). Reproductive wish in transsexual men. HUMAN REPRODUCTION, 27(2), 483–487.
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Wierckx, Katrien, Eva Van Caenegem, Guido Pennings, Els Elaut, David Dedecker, Fleur Van de Peer, Steven Weyers, Petra De Sutter, and Guy T’Sjoen. 2012. “Reproductive Wish in Transsexual Men.” Human Reproduction 27 (2): 483–487.
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Wierckx, Katrien, Eva Van Caenegem, Guido Pennings, Els Elaut, David Dedecker, Fleur Van de Peer, Steven Weyers, Petra De Sutter, and Guy T’Sjoen. 2012. “Reproductive Wish in Transsexual Men.” Human Reproduction 27 (2): 483–487.
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Wierckx K, Van Caenegem E, Pennings G, Elaut E, Dedecker D, Van de Peer F, et al. Reproductive wish in transsexual men. HUMAN REPRODUCTION. 2012;27(2):483–7.
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K. Wierckx et al., “Reproductive wish in transsexual men,” HUMAN REPRODUCTION, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 483–487, 2012.
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  abstract     = {Background: Hormonal therapy and sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in transsexual persons lead to an irreversible loss of their reproductive potential. The current and future technologies could create the possibility for female-to-male transsexual persons (transsexual men) to have genetically related children. However, little is known about this topic. The aim of this study is to provide information on the reproductive wishes of transsexual men after SRS.
Methods: A self-constructed questionnaire was presented to 50 transsexual men in a single-center study.
Results: The majority (64%) of transsexual men were currently involved in a relationship. Eleven participants (22.0%) reported having children. For eight participants, their female partner was inseminated with donor sperm, whereas three participants gave birth before hormonal therapy and SRS. At the time of interview, more than half of the participants desired to have children (54%). There were 18 participants (37.5%) who reported that they had considered freezing their germ cells, if this technique would have been available previously. Participants without children at the time of investigation expressed this desire more often than participants with children (x2 test: P ¼ 0.006).
Conclusions: Our data reveal that the majority of transsexual men desire to have children. Therefore, more attention should be paid to this topic during the diagnostic phase of transition and to the consequences for genetic parenthood after starting sex reassignment therapy.},
  author       = {Wierckx, Katrien and Van Caenegem, Eva and Pennings, Guido and Elaut, Els and Dedecker, David and Van de Peer, Fleur and Weyers, Steven and De Sutter, Petra and T'Sjoen, Guy},
  issn         = {0268-1161},
  journal      = {HUMAN REPRODUCTION},
  keywords     = {reproductive wish,gamete preservation,gender identity disorder,transsexualism,CHILDREN,REASSIGNMENT,PARENTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {483--487},
  title        = {Reproductive wish in transsexual men},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/humrep/der406},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2012},
}

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