Last week, Obedin-Maliver and other researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, released a landmark study examining pregnancy in 41 transgender men, all of whom conceived after they’d transitioned. The scientists analyzed the effects of testosterone treatments on self-reported pregnancy outcomes — as it turned out, there were none (although this topic requires more research) — but they also aimed to explore the psychological experience of pregnancy as a transgender male.
Not surprisingly, a common theme among the men was feelings of isolation, often for reasons that echoed Beatie’s struggles: a lack of acceptance in their communities and from health care providers. In a much smaller Seattle University study, published earlier this fall in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, a group of eight transgender men similarly recalled feeling lonely through every stage of pregnancy, from pre-conception to parenthood — but also felt that they had no other way of becoming a father, since the likelihood of being chosen as an adoptive parent seemed slim.
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