|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 290
Transgender reproductive medicine: Need for the near future
Department of Reproductive Medicine, Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||22-Mar-2022|
|Date of Decision||22-Apr-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||30-Apr-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||17-Mar-2023|
Department of Reproductive Medicine, Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Baid R. Transgender reproductive medicine: Need for the near future. CHRISMED J Health Res 2022;9:290
Transgender people refer to a diverse group of people who identify with a gender incongruent with one assigned at birth. The 2011 census recorded about five lac transgender people in India, a number that is likely vastly undercounted. Similarly, up to 1.6 million people in the United States have been reported to be transgender. A population prevalence of 0.2%–0.6% has been reported in the UK.
Research into the health concerns of the transgender community is scanty. It is well known that general practitioners and healthcare professionals are ill-trained and ill-equipped in dealing with the problems of the transgender community. The profound gender dysphoria that some transgender people experience can make them hesitant to participate in screening programs and clinical examinations at times. With liberties that the transgender movement has acquired over the last few years, the true reported number of transgender people is likely to increase.
A large proportion of transgender population may feel the need to bring up children. However, self-medication is known to be rampant among the transgender population. Surgical procedures aimed at gender re-assignment are frequently taken by the population.,
Hormonal treatments that transgender people undergo can have negative effects on fertility. Even some surgical procedures such as hysterectomy and oophorectomy can lead to irreversible infertility.
Clinicians dealing with trans-people have an ethical responsibility to counsel them regarding fertility preservation. Fertility preservation procedures in trans-men as well as trans-women are likely going to increase. Options include embryo, oocyte, and ovarian tissue cryopreservation for trans-men and sperm or testicular cryopreservation for trans-women. Surgical uterine transplantation has been successfully performed in cis-gender women and may emerge as a novel future option in trans-population as well.,
In the near future, the number of transgenders presenting to reproductive medicine practice is likely to increase drastically. It is imperative that infertility physicians be well-trained and equipped not just with clinical skills but with adequate moral, ethical, and social skills to deal with the population in a respectful way. Only then can we fully integrate them into our society.
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