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Generations of Families Building Families

March 25 – 29, 2020
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Setting the stage for education, innovation, progress and change, as we strive to create healthy families and promote optimal reproductive care.

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Navigating Transgender Medicine: Emotional Aspects of Medical and Reproductive Treatment Among Transgender Patients

Angela Lawson

Friday, March 27
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

 0.75 CME

Session Description:

ART practitioners are increasingly offering fertility treatment to patients who identify as transgender. Unfortunately research has shown that transgender patients may experience discriminatory treatment in fertility clinics as well as in other areas of their lives. Even in the absence of discriminatory behaviors, transgender patients must overcome unique hurdles (e.g., biological, social, and legal) in fertility and other medical treatments that require the awareness and attention of healthcare providers. Because of the multiple psychological, social, and ethical concerns regarding transgender patients who pursue fertility treatment, many practitioners lack the appropriate training and/or have concerns about facilitating such treatment. This presentation will address the psychosocial and ethical issues in treating transgender patients and will provide direction to providers for how to address these issues in their clinics.

Session Objectives:

  1. Increase sensitivity to the psychological issues surrounding transgender individuals who present for medical treatment and treatment which would impair their fertility.
  2. Understand the unique treatment-related psychological issues that may arise in the course of medical and fertility preservation treatment with transgender individuals.
  3. Be able to examine their clinic practices and determine what changes need to be made to make their clinic a safer and supportive environment for transgender patients.

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