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  • Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • 0852-000135 CONSIDERATIONS OF PUBERTY SUPPRESSION IN TRANSGENDER/GENDER NON-CONFORMING YOUTH -- EFFECTS ON FERTILITY AND ITS PRESERVATION AND THE ASSOCIATED ETHICAL AND LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS

    February 04, 2017 8:00 AM - February 04, 2017 9:30 AM

    Centennial Hall D

    • Samuel Pang, MD FACOG, FRCS(C) ;
    • Jeremy Carswell $lastName ;
    • Anderson Clark, MS; PhD ;
    • Susan Crockin, JD ;
    • Francie Mandel, MSW ;
    • Elizabeth Reis, PhD
    Mini-Symposium Outline: In the past decade, the number of transgender and gender non-conforming youths and their families who seek therapy for puberty suppression has increased.  When pre-pubertal children and their families choose to suppress puberty and subsequently undergo gender-confirming cross-sex hormone therapy and surgery, the fertility of the youths and their potential for having genetically-related offspring later in life may be lost.  In this symposium, we will take an interdisciplinary approach to consider the biological, psychological, ethical and legal aspects of this process.  We will consider:  -the reproductive endocrinology and biology of puberty suppression and its effects on the potential for fertility preservation -the need for counseling about fertility and its preservation while the children and their families are being counseled about puberty suppression and hormone replacement therapy- - the ethics of puberty suppression in children who may not be able to comprehend its effects on their future fertility  -the legal questions of ownership of preserved gametes from transgender/gender non-conforming children when it’s the parents who will pay for fertility preservation, especially in cases where the youths reach adulthood and do not wish to produce offspring from their preserved gametes but their parents wish to generate grandchildren through surrogacy.  The goal of this symposium is to increase awareness among professionals who treat transgender/gender non-conforming children and their families about the effects of puberty suppression on fertility, the options for fertility preservation and the associated ethical and legal ramifications.   We are in the process of confirming additional speakers for this symposium.
    Category: Family and Relationships