Providing optimal contraceptive care for gender variant youth experiencing homelessness

Thursday, June 2, 2016: 3:00 PM
Skyline II (Hilton Portland)
Catherine Verriere, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner at Homeless Youth Clinic, Neighborcare Health)
Cheri Gail, ARNP (Nurse Practitioner, Homeless Youth Clinic at Neighborcare Health)
This presentation will examine the high risk for unwanted and dangerous pregnancies among gender nonconforming youth who were designated female at birth and are using testosterone for masculinization, sensitive and appropriate clinical practices, and the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). Provider comfort levels and common misconceptions regarding gender identity, sexual practices and pregnancy risk will be addressed. Approaches for developing comprehensive and inclusive sexual activity assessments will be discussed, as will the use of outreach workers and health educators to increase youth's knowledge and acceptance of LARCs.