A reproductive option for women with Turner's syndrome

L. Vockrodt
Janet K. Williams, University of Iowa


In the past, management of congenital absence of ovaries in women with Turner's syndrome (TS) was limited to replacement of ovarian hormones to initiate pubertal development. Until recently, adoption or stepparenting were the only parenting options. However, with new developments in assisted reproduction, women with TS may be able to successfully complete pregnancy and childbearing. There are specific nursing considerations for children and adolescents to follow: anticipatory guidance regarding sexual development; encouraging discussions of the range of options that are available for women with TS regarding reproduction; and assisting these children and adolescents in understanding the benefits and limitations associated with one reproductive option, in vitro fertilization.