Informed consent, individual care vital to ensure reproductive rights of transgender Australians

The Conversation

By Damien Riggs

July 11, 2018 6.02am AEST

For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital. Yet for transgender people, informed consent may be hindered by how medical professionals share information. This is especially the case in the context of reproductive health, where speaking about reproductive materials is often highly gendered.

Both the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care and the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines for Trans and Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents emphasise the importance of discussing fertility preservation as an option for transgender people. Yet little guidance is given on how to do so in ways that are inclusive.

New free MOOC from Adelaide Uni: Sex and Human Reproduction

University of Adelaide, June 2018

AdelaideX’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer learners free to study university-level online courses on a variety of topics.  AdelaideX’s latest MOOC, Sex and Human Reproduction, will launch on Thursday 12 July and enrolments are now open. 

Led by Professor Mario Ricci (Adelaide Medical School), and made in collaboration with experts from the Robinson Research Institute, this five-week course will cover all things related to sex and reproduction – from puberty to menopause, to fertility and contraception. The course focuses on underlying human biology, common myths, and the latest medical advances.

What you’ll learn

  • Structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems
  • Regulation of reproductive processes and cycles
  • Common reproductive disorders
  • Methods of contraception and assisted reproduction
  • Real world application of cutting-edge research in reproductive medicine

This MOOC is free (with a $50 fee for a verified certificate if desired).

 

 

How we inherit masculine and feminine behaviours: a new idea about environment and genes

The Conversation, August 18, 2017 3.22pm AEST

What if thousands of years of gendered environments actually reduced the need to develop genetic mechanisms to ensure gender differences? This is the idea we suggest in our new paper.

Advances in evolutionary biology recognise that offspring don’t just inherit genes. They also reliably inherit all kinds of resources: a particular ecology, a nest, parents and peers. And it appears that these stable environmental factors can help ensure the reliable reproduction of a trait across generations.

Mystery of the female orgasm may be solved

Guardian, Monday 1 August 2016

The purpose of the euphoric sensation of the female orgasm has long perplexed scientists, as it is not necessary for conception, and is often not experienced by women during sex itself. Now researchers in the US say they might have found its evolutionary roots. Human female orgasm, they say, might be a spin-off from our evolutionary past, when the hormonal surges that accompany it were crucial for reproduction.

  • Read more here
  • Access journal paper The Evolutionary Origin of Female Orgasm here

 

Fertility and family planning survey

Description of the study:

This survey is for a study which forms part of the project entitled ‘Australians’ perceptions of fertility and attitudes towards ovarian reserve testing’. This project will investigate Australian men and women’s perceptions of the change in female fertility potential with increasing age and their attitudes towards ovarian reserve testing.

This project is supported by Flinders University School of Medicine.

Ovarian Reserve Testing:

ACOG say that “the concept of “ovarian reserve” defines a woman’s reproductive potential as a function of the number and quality of her remaining oocytes (eggs). The general purpose of ovarian reserve testing is to assess the quality and quantity of the remaining oocytes in an attempt to predict reproductive potential.”

Purpose of the study:

This project aims to:

  • Determine Australian men and women’s understanding of the natural change in
    fertility potential with increasing age. Specifically, we are targeting responses from
    people of reproductive age (18-45years) who do not have children.
  • Determine what factors influence both women and men’s decision regarding when
    to start a family.
  • Determine both women and men’s views regarding the potential benefits and risks
    of ovarian reserve testing for “reproductive life planning”. Ovarian reserve testing
    refers to medical assessments which may identify those women experiencing
    premature “aging” of their ovaries.

Link to survey: 

Please click the link below to take part in an anonymous 15 minute online survey about Australians’ understanding of fertility and attitudes towards fertility testing. The study is being run by Alisha Thompson, Professor Kelton Tremellen and Professor Sheryl de Lacey of Flinders University of South Australia.

The survey is open to Australian residents aged between 18 and 45 who do not have children. If you meet these criteria and are interested in participating, please follow this Survey Monkey link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ovarianreservestudy

Information Sheet for study:

Please click on link below (PDF)

Information Sheet (2)