Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender content on reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic websites

Fertility and Sterility, Sexuality, Volume 108, Issue 1, July 2017

2017 Study Abstract

Objective
To assess geographical distribution and practice characteristics of fertility clinics inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients.

Design
Cross-sectional analysis.

Main Outcome Measure(s)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender content on reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic websites, Fertility and Sterility, Sexuality, Volume 108, Issue 1, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2017.05.011, July 2017.

Rainbow flag credit CJF20.

Prevalence and geographical distribution of fertility clinic websites with LGBT-specific content, indicated by keywords and home page cues specific to the LGBT patient population. Assessment of relationship between LGBT-specific content and clinic characteristics, including U.S. region, clinic size, private versus academic setting, and state-mandated fertility insurance coverage.

Result(s)
Of 379 websites analyzed, 201 (53%) contained LGBT content. Clinics with the highest proportion of LGBT website content were in the Northeast (59/82, 72%) and West (63/96, 66%), while the lowest proportion was in the Midwest (29/74, 39%) and South (50/127, 39%). Most frequently used terms included lesbian (72%), LGBT/LGBTQ (69%), and gay (68%), while less used terms included trans/transgender (32%) and bisexual (15%). Larger clinic size was associated with LGBT-specific website content (odds ratio, 4.42; 95% confidence interval, 2.07–9.67). Practice type and state-mandated fertility insurance coverage were not associated with a clinic website having LGBT content.

Conclusion(s)
Over half of Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology member fertility clinics included LGBT content on their websites, yet those in the Midwest and South were significantly less likely to do so. Predictive factors for having LGBT website content included location in northeastern and western regions and increasing clinic size. Further studies are needed to evaluate whether inclusion of LGBT content on clinic websites impacts use of reproductive services by the LGBT patient population.

Author: DES Daughter

Activist, blogger and social media addict committed to shedding light on a global health scandal and dedicated to raise DES awareness.

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