June 14, 2024

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One-third of trans people taking testosterone may still ovulate, raising chance of pregnancy

Many transgender men and other gender-diverse people opt to take testosterone to bring about male secondary sex characteristics, such as a deeper voice and thicker body and facial hair, and to suppress female characteristics, such as menstruation. While taking this hormone therapy, a person may no longer get their period, however, they may still ovulate and therefore could potentially get pregnant, a new study finds.

The small study included 52 transmasculine people, meaning people who were assigned female at birth but whose gender identity aligns with masculinity; this term can include transgender men and some nonbinary and gender-fluid people, for instance.