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    The challenges of infertility in the transgender community

    By Lamia Choudhury In between driving for Lyft, finding a fulltime job and applying to graduate school, 23-year-old Jaylin Culkin doesn’t always have time to think about the future long term. Unlike most young adults his age, Culkin, a Centereach native, has already made a solid plan on starting a family. Fertility in the transgender community can be an especially sensitive topic. Individuals who take puberty- suppressing medications and then go straight to hormone therapy may be left infertile completely, Courtney Finlayson, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said. “When an individual goes through puberty, the germ cells—what becomes eggs or sperm—mature,”…