Freezing before transitioning
We have helped many transgender and non-binary people talk through the issues involved with freezing before transitioning.
We appreciate that, for those considering hormone therapy or surgery, thinking about and discussing fertility can be difficult and complex. For this reason, we have set up a specialised service to support trans and non-binary people who would like to learn more about their fertility options.
With this information we hope you feel empowered with the knowledge to make these important decisions about freezing before transitioning.
Feel free to contact our Trans Coordinator Megan Davies to ensure you receive all the information and support you need, every step of the way.
“As a transperson, I felt like I had already missed out on enough rites of passage and starting a family was not one I was willing to add to that list. For a long time I thought that wasn’t going to be an option for me but The Agora changed that.”
Egg freezing before transitioning
Egg freezing involves having female hormone injections for 12 -14 days before having eggs collected from your ovaries. We understand the sensitive nature of reproductive anatomy in relation to gender dysphoria. Our staff will be with you at every stage to support you during what can be invasive procedures. They’ll talk you through each of the steps involved and provide you with a complete support program tailored to your needs.
Sperm freezing before transitioning
Sperm can be stored from ejaculated samples taken over a series of visits to the Agora. These can be produced at the clinic, although you can produce these at home, provided the samples can be delivered to the clinic within one hour.
The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex will fund fertility preservation if you are attending an NHS Gender Identity Clinic. We advise you to speak to your GP in case they aren’t aware of these recent changes in policy regarding fertility preservation.
If you’re having treatment privately, you won’t be able to get NHS funding. Please see our price list for the costs of egg or sperm freezing.
How to refer a patient to the Agora
Detailed instructions for Doctors wishing to refer patients for fertility preservation.
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