HER, the dating and social app for LGBTQ womxn, has published a study that details what fertility and family planning options are currently available to members of the community.
It teamed up with female health company Modern Fertility and gender researcher Mere Abrams to produce the ‘Modern State of LGBTQ+ Fertility 2019’. A total of 207 people in the US were surveyed on their thoughts towards having children.
A separate study from FamilyEquality.org found 63% of LGBTQ millennials are considering expanding their families with the help of assisted reproduction, surrogacy or adoption.
84% of HER’s respondents said they wish they had more information about LGBTQ reproductive healthcare. The majority of non-binary, transgender, and gender non-conforming people also admitted they felt uncomfortable talking to medical professionals about fertility.
One participant said in their response: “I don’t want to be in a situation where I’m having to educate my doctor rather than the other way around.”
Talking about family planning and overall sexual health also tends to evoke feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, rather than excitement or happiness.
At the end of the report, HER provided an extensive list of additional resources where members of the LGBTQ community can go to find out more information and get support. This was added because the company found one-third of respondents turned to social media first to get help.
The platform introduced its ‘Community’ section last year where users can connect platonically around specific interests and group identities.
Read the full report here.