"Our research shows for the first time that after one year of testosterone treatment, ovary function is preserved to a degree that may allow reproduction."
Scientists say trans men are actually fertile enough to get pregnant even after a year of hormone therapy, according to Daily Mail. Women transitioning into men often seek the help of testosterone therapy to aid in body hair growth and to also change their body shape. With testosterone therapy, the female sex hormone, estrogen, reduces in the body, but even after a year of treatment, studies have found that ovaries could still be working. Scientists did not indicate just how long it takes for the ovaries to completely stop their functioning, but said they could even work "to a degree that may allow reproduction."
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Researchers from Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center in Israel studied 52 trans men who had testosterone injections. They used complete results from 32 of them, who were aged between 17 and 40, and they found their female hormones remained in the fertile range for women." Our research shows for the first time that after one year of testosterone treatment, ovary function is preserved to a degree that may allow reproduction," said the study's lead investigator, Yona Greenman.
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"This information is important for transgender men and their partners who desire to have their own children," added Greenman. Testosterone injections reduced the participants' levels of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), which gives you an idea of how many eggs a woman has. The study revealed that trans men, for the first year, had enough hormones to signal they were fertile enough to get pregnant.
Though their AMH readings were not revealed, anything between 1ng/ml and 3ng/ml is considered normal, according to the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, and anything less than 0.6ng/ml is considered 'low' and could impact fertility. It is important to know only men who haven't had sex-change surgery would be able to conceive the normal way, which is through sexual intercourse, with a biological man.
Recently, a trans man from Texas gave birth to a baby. Wyley Simpson, of San Antonio, Texas, was already transitioning from woman to man when he received the shocking news that said he was pregnant, something he thought was impossible. He was “nervous” and “scared” over the news as he and his fiancé, Stephan Gaeth were not really ready to start a family. The confused couple initially did think of giving the child up for adoption, but finally decided to grow their family, reports People.
Simpson was also okay with being ridiculed by the public during his pregnancy because he knew it would all be worth it in the end. “It’s not every day that someone sees a pregnant man walking down the road, so we received a fair about of abuse,” said Simpson. “I would be told that I’ll never be a man, ‘Men don’t carry babies.’ And everyone called me ‘it.’ “ Being made fun of was not the only hardship during the pregnancy since he also had to put his transition on hold.
“I was already worried as this was my first pregnancy, but I was also nervous because I had to deal with a lot of stigma behind me being a pregnant man. But alongside receiving rude comments from other people, the pregnancy took a lot for me emotionally,” he said. But despite all the physical, mental, and emotional difficulties during the pregnancy, he said it was all worth it to become a father to a beautiful baby! “Having gone through the transitioning process since I was 21 years old, having a physical baby bump was something so feminine that messed with my head. But it was all worth it to have Rowan and to become a father," he said. “Rowan is amazing, he made all of the mental and physical pain completely worth it. Once my physical bump had disappeared and I was able to take my hormones again, I felt good about everything. I and Stephan suddenly turned into a gay couple with a baby, as opposed to me being a pregnant man," he added.
Rowan was born via c-section on Sept. 5, 2018, weighing 7 lbs and 5 oz and Simpson and Gaeth are enjoying parenthood! “And Rowan is amazing, he made all of the mental and physical pain completely worth it,” he continued. “Now I and Stephan are just reveling in fatherhood and can’t wait to continue our journey as a family.” The couple is content with Rowan and they don't really plan on expanding the family anymore as Simpson hopes to complete his transition soon. “It was a great feeling to be able to carry Rowan, feeling him kick and going to baby scans, but for me as a person, it isn’t something I can continue to do. I don’t see myself as any less of a man because of what happened, but I just do not identify in such a feminine way as to be pregnant – so it won’t be happening again. I am glad that I got to go through something as amazing and natural as birthing my own child, it’s definitely made mine and Rowan’s bond so much closer," he concluded!