Preservation of Fertility Potential for Gender and Sex Diverse Individuals

Emilie K. Johnson*, Courtney Finlayson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gender and sex diverse individuals - transgender individuals and those with disorders of sex development (DSD) - both face medical treatments that may impair biological fertility potential. Young DSD patients also often have abnormal gonadal development. Fertility preservation for these populations has historically been poorly understood and rarely addressed. Future fertility should be discussed with gender and sex diverse individuals, particularly given recent advances in fertility preservation technologies and evolving views of fertility potential. Key ethical issues include parental proxy decision-making and uncertainty regarding prepubertal fertility preservation technologies. Many opportunities exist for advancing fertility-related care and research for transgender and DSD patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalTransgender Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2016


  • disorders of sex development
  • fertility preservation
  • gender dysphoria
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Gender Studies


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