Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-03-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Oncofertility confab features gender-, sex-diversity workshop
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2017-11-20

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The Oncofertility Consortium hosted its annual conference, "Research and Translational Medicine: Meeting the Needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors," Nov. 14-16 at Prentice Women's Hospital.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Dr. Teresa Woodruff coined the term "oncofertility" in 2006. In 2006, the Oncofertility Consortium was founded and is, according to its website, "a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors."

The consortium is composed of oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists, research scientists and participating patients.

Gender and Sex Diversity Fertility Preservation was one of the many workshops featured during the conference.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital's ( Lurie Children's ) Dr. Courtney Finlayson facilitated the workshop's presentations on the topic from medical professionals/researchers across the country. Lurie Children's Division of Adolescent Medicine Behavioral Research Assistant Afiya Sajwani and University of Michigan Medical School Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Molly Moravek, Moffitt Cancer Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Megan Sutter, University of Virginia School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Research Coordinator Katherine Boguszewski and Lurie Children's Department of Surgery and Fertility and Hormone Preservation and Restoration Program Research Fellow Dr. Kristine Corkum presented papers on fertility preservation as it relates to transgender and intersex people.

The presenters explained that the research topics were collaborations between themselves and other medical professionals/researchers and they were speaking on behalf of the group that day.

Finlayson noted this is the third year the conference has featured a workshop on gender and sex diversity and since that time it has grown in the number of presenters and attendees. This year's workshop had more than 75 medical providers and researchers in attendance.

Sajwani said the number of transgender adolescents and young adults seeking gender affirming hormones has increased in recent years. The research examined knowledge of fertility ( the ability to have a child ) and fertility preservation—FP ( the process of saving one's eggs or sperm for later use ) among transgender adolescents and young adults. Sajwani noted that young people would benefit from additional education to facilitate informed decision making.

Kolbuck's presentation showed that most of the surveyed pediatric professionals who care for transgender youth discuss the impact of treatment on fertility preservation but referrals to fertility specialists remain low. She noted the barriers to FP could be cost related or availability of resources but this needs further study.

Moravek presented preliminary results of a mouse model used to study fertility in transgender men. The goal, Moravek said, was to examine the effects of testosterone exposure on ovaries to inform future fertility potential and options for fertility preservation.

Sutter's presentation on sexual and reproductive health among transgender and gender expansive youth noted that fertility and reproductive health impacts their quality of life. She said many healthcare providers lack the awareness and knowledge to counsel transgender and gender expansive youth on issues related to reproductive health.

Boguszewski presented a theoretical model of individual, parental and provider factors that may affect fertility-related decisional acceptance versus regret among transgender youth and young adults.

Corkum spoke about efforts to expand FP options for intersex youth at Lurie Children's and Finlayson explained how FP was integrated into the care for an intersex patient. Finlayson said many of these remain experimental, but emerging technology may allow for fertility in those previously thought to be infertile. Thus, it is important to think outside the box and consider FP for all patients who may face infertility.

See oncofertility.northwestern.edu/ for more information .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Study find young adults with lesbian parents more likely to report same-sex attraction 2019-03-21 - In the latest findings from the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, a new analysis finds that the 25-year-old children of lesbian parents ...


Gay News

Anti-gay fliers criticizing Lightfoot distributed near churches 2019-03-18 - Fliers decrying lesbian mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot appeared at a number of churches with predominantly Black congregations the morning of Feb. 17. The ...


Gay News

Homophobic attack targets Lori Lightfoot in Chicago mayoral race 2019-03-17 - Washington, DC — Homophobic fliers targeting openly lesbian Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot were distributed on cars in key neighborhoods of the city ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Filmmaker Barbara Hammer dies at 79 2019-03-17 - Pioneering experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer—whose works involved a distinctive lesbian perspective—has died of ovarian cancer, ARTNews reported. She was 79. Hammer's breakthrough film, ...


Gay News

Women In Comedy to host "A Love Letter to Myself, A Chicago Variety Show" 2019-03-13 - Chicago, Illinois — On Monday March 25, Women in Comedy hosts "A Love Letter to Myself" from 6 to 9 p.m. at Revolution ...


Gay News

UIC honors scholar Phoenix Matthews 2019-03-13 - Shortly before they accepted the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) College of Nursing 2018 Distinguished Researcher Award, scholar/researcher Phoenix Matthews ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart hosts Black Lesbian Archives stop 2019-03-12 - Kru Maekdo is a 26-year-old creative director, archivist, and artist. She is the owner of Maekdo Productions, a multimedia production and event programming ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2019 Lightfoot questions Preckwinkle's comment about lesbianism 2019-03-11 - During a March 7 debate between mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, Preckwinkle lauded Lightfoot's openness about her sexuality when moderator Carol ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Longtime non-profit advocate Vicky DiProva dies 2019-03-11 - Victoria "Vicky" DiProva died Feb. 12 due to multiple health complications. She was 54. She was born May 18, 1964, in Elgin and ...


Gay News

Crossroads Fund ED stepping down 2019-03-06 - Jeanne Kracher—the openly lesbian head of the local nonprofit organization Crossroads Fund—will step down from her post at the end of June, according ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.