Increasingly more single women and LGBTQ people are having children. Although people seeking to conceive with donor sperm often receive care from fertility clinics, historically, many have not had positive experiences. Specifically, care at fertility clinics has been reported to be heteronormative, disrespectful and unnecessarily medicalized.
Summary of Work:
In January 2016, a clinic designed to meet the reproductive needs of single women and LGBTQ people opened in Toronto. An REB approved survey was administered to assess patients previous experiences and their current goals for fertility care.
Summary of Results:
30 surveys were completed; 70% by LGBTQ people and 30% by heterosexual women. 30% had accessed fertility services previously and 50% reported not feeling respected. Current goals for care included a strong desire for baseline fertility testing and a strong desire to conceive with minimal medical intervention.
This study supports previous research which shows that people who access fertility services for conception with donor sperm frequently report a perceived lack of respect clinics. It also supports previous work which indicates that people wish to conceive as naturally as possible but is novel in that itshows that many people do wish to have baseline fertility testing prior to undergoing insemination.
Family physicians are often the first point of contact for people wishing to conceive outside of traditional heterosexual relationships. Understanding reproductive legislation, the negative experiences some have had with fertility care and what this population may desire allows family physicians to counsel patients and advocate for informed care.
University of Toronto
Irene Chen is a first-year family medicine resident physician at the University of Toronto. She has a scholarly interest in knowledge translation, quality improvement, community-based research, and the medical humanities. In her spare time, she enjoys performing music and creative writing.
Friday, November 24
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