Oct 19, 2020
Imagine not feeling comfortable in your skin and feeling totally overwhelmed about where becoming a parent might fit in with your plans?
Natalie spent some at The Agora Clinic in Brighton, to capture the stories of its diverse community, and created a podcast series called The Agora Journals which you can listen to here
Here you can hear one of the episodes as we're sharing it here. Meet Satch, a Brighton based musician who spoke to Natalie about the hurdles he had to overcome in order to preserve his fertility before transitioning. Satch talked about his experience of treatment and how he now feels about having 12 embryos to use with his fiancee Lisa, when they are ready to start their family.
Satch was so open and honest, describing the 'wild femininity of what it is for a man to go through and talked through. What is was like overcoming the challenges of the invasive treatment. From having the examinations to choosing a sperm donor and the triggers along the way.
He spoke about how before he went onto testosterone he had signed up to the Gender Identity Clinic (GIC). How the side effects of testosterone is that you will likely lose fertility. Therefore knowing your options in terms of treatment available, is key. Satch made the decision to have the treatment before this stage.
He talked about the struggle to find out this information, how most transgender health information online isn't reliable, that is is mainly for Cisgender and heteronormative couples with some for gay and lesbian families.
He also talked about how the painful paperwork. How the forms they were filling in had the wrong pronouns and how that can be very triggering. Since his treatment, Satch has been working with The Agora on their paperwork.
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