LGBTQ patients face hurdles to fertility treatment in a system that wasn’t designed for them

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09/10/2023

After using their dead name, the doctor opened the door to greet Leighton Schreyer, who was waiting in the exam room to discuss fertility preservation. The rest of the appointment passed in a blur with a few gendered phrases sticking out like knives in the consultation. “When women menstruate, we….” their doctor explained. “Since you’re choosing to change… We’ll inject female hormones…” By the end of it, Schreyer, a Canadian medical student at the University of Toronto who identifies as trans and genderqueer and uses they/them pronouns, was emotionally exhausted from their experience in the clinic, which claimed it was “LGBTQ inclusive” but did little more than put up a few rainbow flags. Unfortunately, Schreyer was used to experiencing stereotypes and stigmatization in medicine — in fact, that’s what led them to go to medical school in the first place.

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