Trans Youth Fertility Study (Society of Pediatric Psychology & Internal REACH Grant from Northwestern University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
Puberty blocking medications and gender-affirming hormones are becoming more widely accepted as standard of care for transgender youth, but they may have an effect on long-term fertility potential. The goal of this study is to explore existing knowledge, attitudes and beliefs related to fertility and reproductive health among two cohorts of transgender youth (ages 9-13 and ages 14-24) and their parents/guardians. The study will examine whether current practices for fertility counseling are meeting patient/family needs to make informed treatment decisions. Key-informant interviews will be conducted to identify fertility-related decisional needs, which will aid in the creation of a fertility-related decision aid for trans youth.
If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact project coordinator, Afiya Sajwani, BA, at 312.227.8372 or ASajwani@luriechildrens.org.
Trans Youth Decision-Making Project (R21 NICHD)
Puberty suppressing medications are becoming more widely accepted as standard of care for transgender youth in early puberty. Guidelines provided by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health recommend youth meet with a mental health clinician to assess understanding and expectations of treatment prior to initiating these medications. The goal of this study is to better understand how cognitive and emotional functioning affects transgender youth’s medical decision-making. Study findings also will inform the development of an assessment tool that would assist mental health clinicians in objectively assessing youth’s breadth and depth of understanding the potential risks and benefits of pubertal suppression treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact project coordinator, Victoria Kolbuck, LSW, MSW at 312.227.6336 or VKolbuck@luriechildrens.org.