Sperm Freezing in Transsexual Women
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Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a condition in which a person experiences discrepancy between the sex assigned at birth and the gender they identify with. Transsexualism is considered the most extreme form of GID and is characterized by the desire to live and be treated as a member of the opposite gender. The prevalence of male-to-female transsexualism in Belgium is estimated at 1 per 12,900 males (De Cuypere et al., 2007). The treatment consists of cross-sex hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery in accordance with the Standards of Care of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) (7th Version) (www.wpath.org). At the center in Ghent, male-to-female transsexual persons, denoted as transsexual women, are treated in a multidisciplinary approach, including cross-sex hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for most. Hormone therapy with anti-androgens and estrogens is used in the majority of transsexual women. After at least 1 year of hormonal...
KeywordsFertility Preservation Gender Identity Disorder Family Setting Assisted Reproductive Technique Transsexualism
Dr. De Sutter is holder of a fundamental clinical research mandate by the Flemish Foundation of Scientific Research (FWO-Vlaanderen).
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