Ethical and Medical Challenges: Access to Fertility Services by Transgender Persons

Transgender persons have the same interests in having children and accessing fertility services for fertility preservation and reproduction as others. Increasing acceptance for individuals to fulfill their desire to transition from their gender assigned at birth has brought the issue of reproduction and family building in transgender persons to the forefront for providers of fertility services. In this course, Dr. Maria Bustillo discusses access to fertility services by transgender persons and the many complex psychological, medical, surgical, ethical and legal issues related to their fertility and fertility preservation.

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, Medical Students and other interested healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the nature of fertility and fertility preservation services that are available and feasible to provide for transgender individuals.
  • Address issues with respect to timing of fertility and fertility preservation services in the transition from one gender to the other.
  • Identify potential medical, ethical, legal and psychological risks associated with providing fertility and fertility preservation services to transgender individuals.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (2015). Access to fertility services by transgender persons: an Ethics Committee opinion. Fertility and sterility, 104(5), 1111-1115.
  • T'Sjoen, G., Van Caenegem, E., & Wierckx, K. (2013). Transgenderism and reproduction. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, 20(6), 575-579. 
  • De Roo, C., Tilleman, K., T’Sjoen, G., & De Sutter, P. (2016). Fertility options in transgender people. International Review of Psychiatry, 28(1), 112-119.
  • Knudson, G., & De Sutter, P. (2017). Fertility options in transgender and gender-diverse adolescents. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica, 96(10), 1269-1272.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
02/01/2019
Course expires: 
02/01/2022

María del Carmen Bustillo, M.D.
South Florida Institute of Reproductive Medicine
Reproductive Medicine
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals

María del Carmen Bustillo, M.D., faculty of this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage. 

Ana Viamonte-Ros, M.D., conference director of this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship to disclose with ineligible companies.*

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*. 

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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