Reproductive Attitudes and Behaviors Among Transgender/Nonbinary Adolescents

Leena Nahata*, Diane Chen, Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Meika Travis, Connor Grannis, Eric Nelson, Amy C. Tishelman

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Purpose: The aim of the study was to examine reproductive health attitudes and behaviors related to contraception use, provider counseling, parenthood goals, and fertility preservation (FP) in TNB adolescents. Methods: A 24-item survey was administered to 44 TNB adolescents aged 12–19 years. Results: Contraceptive use was variable even among the 46% who reported sexual activity. Half denied or were unsure if they had been offered options from their provider to prevent sexually transmitted infections, and more than one third denied or were unsure about the offer of pregnancy prevention options. Importantly, the majority did not desire more information about contraceptive options. Few used FP, although many thought their feelings about parenthood may change in the future. Conclusions: TNB adolescents are at risk for sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies, and future infertility, yet many do not desire more information about contraception or FP. Tailored counseling strategies should be developed and researched to protect this vulnerable group of youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-374
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2020


  • Adolescents
  • Contraception
  • Counseling
  • Fertility
  • Reproductive health
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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