• Health

    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,”…

  • Health,  Politics

    Birth control opt-out policy will cost Long Island women hundreds of dollars

    By: Remi Schott The sound of studio-synthesized guitars, powerful drums, and deafening screams of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” fill the air, reminding 20-year-old Tate Simmons to take her birth control. It’s 7:06 P.M as Simmons runs to her bag and pulls out the little parcel holding one month’s worth of pills. Simmons, a resident of Point Lookout, has been taking birth control for four years. Still on her parents’ health insurance plan, her mother’s employer provides cost-free coverage for birth control. The Trump administration’s new policy finalized on Nov. 7 allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female employees. The…