It is possible for Men to become pregnant and give birth to children of their own.Â Some transgender men can become pregnant.
Transgender menÂ who transition after puberty have several options for fertility preservation. Specifically, individuals can undergo egg stimulation and harvestingâ€”similar to that for an IVF procedure.
However, for many transgender men, this option can increase their dysphoriaâ€”their discomfort in their bodies. They may not feel comfortable taking large numbers of female hormones to stimulate their ovaries. In such cases, there is the possibility of ovarian tissue harvesting. However, it is less effective than ovarian stimulation.
It is possible for Trans men can get pregnant, if they keep their ovaries and uterus, and to experience a healthy pregnancy. However, in order to do so, they need to stop taking testosterone for the duration of the pregnancy. They also need access to either sperm or a fertilized ovum.
Why is a Health Benefit for LGBT+ important?
Eliminating LGBT health disparities and enhancing efforts to improve LGBT health are necessary to ensure that LGBT individuals can lead long healthy lives. The many benefits of addressing health concerns and reducing disparities include:
- Reductions in disease transmission and progression
- Increased mental and physical well-being
- Reduced health care costs
- Increased longevity
Since pregnancy is so essentially linked toÂ beingÂ a â€śwomanâ€ť and seen as a signifierÂ ofÂ womanhood, it presents a huge challenge to the identity perceptions of male-embodied people who are pregnant. It raises the question,Â How can one be a man and be pregnant?Â This means that men who are pregnant are â€śmisgenderedâ€ť (read as female) in everyday life and their male identity becomes a subject for â€śdebate.â€ť
Being visible physically as a pregnant man often means being socially and culturally unintelligible.
Transgender men and transmasculine folks who become pregnant often experience scrutiny from their communities.
People who experience genderÂ dysphoriaÂ may find that these feelings intensify as their body changes to accommodate the pregnancy. The social association of pregnancy with womanhood and femininity can also lead to discomfort.
Ceasing the use of testosterone may also exacerbate feelings of gender dysphoria.
Itâ€™s important to note that discomfort and dysphoria arenâ€™t a given for all trans folks who become pregnant. In fact, some people find that the experience of being pregnant and giving birth enhances their connection to their body.
Trans Men as Parents:
A significant number of transgender people have children before they transition, particularly when they transition later in life. As a whole, their children are as happy and healthy as children of cisgender couples. That’s true for couples who divorce as well as couples who stay together.
One of the biggest factors in children’s adjustment is whether their parents continue to have a good relationship. It is also often easier for children to adjust to a parent’s transition earlier in their lives.
No matter when a parent transitions, their whole family will likely benefit from support. It’s a big change for the transgender parent’sÂ life, but also for the lives of those who love them.
Many trans men have mastectomies, but not all. Some trans men may breastfeed, but not all. Breastfeeding is raised as an example of why male pregnancy is deviant and unnatural. The important point here is, is that not all women want to or are able to breastfeed their babies; actually, lots of women do not breastfeed their babies for a number ofÂ reasons.
Transgender men planning to conceive should visit their doctor before becoming pregnant to address routine issues, such as folic acid supplementation and screening for genetic disorders, and to get counseling on the risks of advanced-age pregnancy, such as infertility, miscarriage, gestational diabetes, and pre-term delivery.
Transgender men will also likely need to update health screenings that could have lapsed during the transition, such as pap smears and, when indicated for those who have not had chest surgery, mammograms.
After delivery, doctors should address long-acting and reversible methods of contraception if the individual is at risk for an unplanned pregnancy. Transgender men who intend to restart testosterone after delivery may decide to defer contraception since they perceive that their male hormone therapy induces a state of infertility, which is not always the case.
Therefore it is possible for Trans Men to get pregnant and be called “father” or “mother” by the child. It is also very important to take care of one’s health and understand the pros and cons before making a decision of becoming pregnant.