A reader asks,
I’m a trans guy who sleeps with bio guys. I hear about Thomas Beatie. Can I get pregnant?
Trans folks have an understandably difficult task at hand when it comes to thinking about sexual health. You look, feel, and present as a dude, but what if you still harbor a vagina? When people like Thomas Beatie, a trans man who became pregnant, have their stories plastered all over the media, obviously you’re going to panic.
Instead of freaking out, let’s break it down: What kind of sex are you having? What kind of protection are you using? These are two essential questions you must contend with no matter your gender identification. If you’re having penis in vagina sex, have not had a hysterectomy and are not on hormonal birth control/using condoms, then yes, you can get pregnant.
You should talk to a doctor to figure out what kind of birth control works for you, especially if you’re transitioning and using hormones. You absolutely must find a healthcare provider who understands and respects your bodily integrity. There’s no compromising on that one, no matter how rural your town.
QueerTransMan.org has some helpful tips on finding providers and health information for the trans community. You can also check out the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association who, despite their name, also cater to the trans community. If neither of these prove helpful, call the National Gay & Lesbian Helpline and they should be able to refer you to a provider in your area who won’t raise her eyebrows when you say the word “trans.”
Have a question about safe sex? Email Steph at Steph@feministsforchoice.com.