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Emro
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This could be the situation out of a bad sitcom: I'm a transgirl, dating a transguy. I am unable to orgasm in almost all situations. I have also been on Hormone Therapy for over a year. He has not been on hormone therapy at all. We haven't had PiV sex yet, but are considering starting

Here is the issue. I do not know if I am still fertile at all or not. And I don't know how I would go about finding out. I assume, but do not know, that a sperm count test requires more than just precum to test. And that's pretty much all I can produce now.

I'm aware that precum in most "males" still is potent, however. I am also aware that there is still a potential risk even now, and that there is no way we are completely safe. I just want to be able to judge the risk.

We are not worried about STI's, we have both been tested recently and shown each other the results.

So, is there some alternative method to accessing "male" fertility without a large sample? Is this something I should ask my local sexual wellness facility instead? I am quite embarrassed to ask my general practitioner.

Thank you!
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Robin Lee
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Hi Emro,

This would be a question for your healthcare provider.

Fertility testing isn't one of our areas of expertise here at Scarleteen, plus your healthcare provider will be able to evaluate your situation based on your medical history, the hormone therapy you've had, etc.

Do you currently have a healthcare provider you can talk this through with?

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Emro
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I do, but I would have to have my mom drive me there. I am worried and embarrassed about possible questions she might ask, and wanted to ask on the internet first.

Do you know any other online resources that might have more information?

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Robin Lee
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Well, any fertility testing you would have done would need to be conducted by a healthcare provider. There's no DIY (do it yourself) process here.

So one way or another you would eventually need to talk to your Mom about taking you to the doctor. You always do have the option of not sharing with her and just letting her know you have some questions for the doctor that you'd rather not discuss with anyone else.

I will ask around among our volunteers to see if there are any online spaces with accurate information about how transgirls manage medical things like fertility.

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Thank you for your two replies. I guess it is inevitable, and I should arrange an appointment. In the meantime, if you do find something regarding that, please leave it here!
Thanks again

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You're welcome. Do you want to talk at all about your reluctance to see the doctor about this?

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Hi Emro,

I agree with Robin that only a doctor will be able to give you a definitive answer here, but when I was in a similar position (when my partner started taking estrogen & androgen blockers but I had not yet started taking testosterone), my doctor encouraged me to stay on my birth control pills because there was still a pregnancy risk involved. So I certainly think it's a good idea to talk to someone about this before you have intercourse with your partner (or use condoms or another birth control method).

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