For future offspring, docs save eggs from teen transitioning female-to-male

Medical Xpress | February 28, 2019

You're a 14-year-old transgender boy who has opted to block normal female puberty before it can begin. What happens if you and your parents decide to preserve some of your eggs, in case you want to have children later in life? In this real-life case, doctors were able to retrieve and freeze four viable eggs from the patient, who was born a girl but identified as male. The findings were published in a report in Feb. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The process was anything but simple, as hormone blockers being used to halt female puberty clashed with fertility medications used to stimulate egg production.
The teen wound up experiencing menstruation for the first time and some slight breast development, a "distressing" side effect for a person who identifies as male, his doctors said. "He and mom had been warned this would likely happen," said report author Dr. Selma Witchel, director of pediatric endocrinology with UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, who has been overseeing his hormone therapy. "I think when it happened, even though he was prepared for it, it was shocking for him and uncomfortable."

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Food safety is often top-of-mind for consumers when making food purchases in stores and restaurants. Some of us are even proactive in our safety efforts by following news of food recalls and diligently using safe food-handling practices. But beyond those basics, our IFIC Foundation research team wanted to drill down into what people really think about the safety of our food supply.

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Food safety is often top-of-mind for consumers when making food purchases in stores and restaurants. Some of us are even proactive in our safety efforts by following news of food recalls and diligently using safe food-handling practices. But beyond those basics, our IFIC Foundation research team wanted to drill down into what people really think about the safety of our food supply.

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