Trans teen seeks donation to freeze his eggs before starting hormone therapy
17-year-old transgender wants to freeze his eggs fearing that testosterone treatment might leave him infertile.
Charlie Scarterfield from Bath, Somerset started a crowdfunding page to get his eggs frozen in the hope of having his biological children someday. He is worried that the hormone therapy might leave him infertile.
Scarterfield was born as a girl named Rosie and grew up struggling with gender identity as well as many issues related to mental health.
On his GoFundMe page, Scarterfield wrote that he was always a ‘tomboy’ preferring tracksuits over dresses. When his puberty began, he began to struggle with his gender identity.
He explained that he did not like the fact that he developed breasts and had periods. He was ‘trapped in the wrong body.’
At the age of 17, he is now starting testosterone to help him in his transition. Unfortunately, the treatment may also leave him infertile and unable to have children of his own.
Therefore, the only solution he has left is to freeze his eggs for later so that his partner can carry them by being a surrogate.
However, Scarterfield explained that the NHS does not fund this process, which is why he has to pay his own money if he is ever to have his biological children.
Meanwhile, Mirror reported that Scarterfield is also doing everything he can to save a certain amount of money by himself.
"I've always wanted my own biological kids. Always," he told Mirror. “Because I’m so desperate to start testosterone, I did think, ‘well maybe I shouldn’t wait to freeze my eggs.’
Scarterfield explained that he was working part-time as a kitchen hand while also studying. All of his earning, including Christmas money, he was setting aside for the egg freezing.
He has the complete support of his girlfriend, Olivia, in this decision. She revealed that Scarterfield had made the decision way before they got together, but now it is a desire that they both share.
According to Mirror, the total estimated cost for Scarterfield’s treatment is around $7,000. Therefore, the doctors at NHS suggested him to start saving because they don’t fund the process for transgender people.