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Trans man and his female partner will undergo NHS-funded IVF using her womb and his eggs from before he transitioned


trans man and his fiancée are planning to undergo IVF treatment on the NHS using her womb and his eggs. 

Taylor Winters, 40, from Watford, Hertfordshire, was born a female but always felt ‘like a boy’ growing up.

He moved to the UK nine years ago and began looking into transitioning – starting testosterone treatment aged 34.

Taylor found it ‘exciting’ growing a beard, hearing his voice drop and said he felt ‘whole’ after having top surgery.

Before starting his transition, Taylor decided to freeze his eggs and is now beginning IVF treatment on the NHS with his fiancée, Chloe.

Before starting his transition, Taylor (right) decided to freeze his eggs and is now beginning IVF treatment on the NHS with his fiancée, Chloe

Before starting his transition, Taylor (right) decided to freeze his eggs and is now beginning IVF treatment on the NHS with his fiancée, Chloe

Taylor Winters, 40, from Watford, Hertfordshire, was born a female but always felt 'like a boy' growing up

Taylor Winters, 40, from Watford, Hertfordshire, was born a female but always felt ‘like a boy’ growing up

Taylor after having top surgery in October 2019

Taylor after having top surgery in October 2019

Taylor before transitioning

Taylor before transitioning

The pair (Chloe right, Taylor left) want to use the same sperm donor for their second child

The pair (Chloe right, Taylor left) want to use the same sperm donor for their second child

The couple are using a sperm donor and plan to use Taylor’s frozen eggs in their first transfer and Chloe’s in their second – so they can each have a biological child.

Taylor, a social media director, said: ‘I feel whole now. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. 

‘I was waiting my whole life for something but I didn’t know if it was going to happen. I never lost hope.’

The pair want to use the same sperm donor for their second child. 

Chloe, 30, said: ‘It was amazing noticing how each injection would transform his body but most importantly, I loved seeing how confident he grew as each month passed.

‘I feel it’s so brave to show the world who you truly are, so I’m really proud of him for aligning his physical appearance to who he is inside.

‘I’ve always wanted a family of my own, ever since I was little. Having our own biological kids just felt right for us as it does for a lot of couples – we’re no different.

‘Having IVF as an option for us is such a blessing. We both have a lot of love to give and have the best family and support around us, and our children would always be loved and accepted for who they are.

Taylor after transitioning

Taylor after transitioning. He said he felt 'whole' after having top surgery

Taylor found it ‘exciting’ growing a beard, hearing his voice drop and said he felt ‘whole’ after having top surgery

Childhood photo of Taylor, who is planning on undergoing IVF treatment with his partner, Chloe

Childhood photo of Taylor, who is planning on undergoing IVF treatment with his partner, Chloe 

The couple are using a sperm donor and plan to use Taylor's frozen eggs in their first transfer and Chloe's in their second – so they can each have a biological child. Pictured: Taylor right, Chloe left

The couple are using a sperm donor and plan to use Taylor’s frozen eggs in their first transfer and Chloe’s in their second – so they can each have a biological child. Pictured: Taylor right, Chloe left 

A childhood photo of Taylor, before he transitioned

A childhood photo of Taylor, before he transitioned 

‘You can be in a healthy and happy relationship if you’re transgender.’

Taylor, who grew up in Transylvania, Romania, told his parents he was a boy from the age of five and says they were supportive.

He would cut his hair short and refuse to wear dresses. 

He said: ‘I was saying I’m more of a butch lesbian but I felt like a boy. There was no visibility [of trans people] at all.’

Taylor wore baggy clothes and did not realise he was transgender until he reached his early twenties and saw a trans woman being interviewed on television. 

He said: ‘I saw a Romanian trans person on TV. I felt compassion for the trans girl and a bit envious as well.’

Taylor moved to Germany with his then-partner in March 2014, before moving to the UK in March 2015, when the relationship broke down.

There he began properly looking into transitioning and met fiancée Chloe in 2016 – who helped him through the process.

After going through physiological assessments and testing, he was able to start testosterone in November 2017.

Before starting Taylor decided to freeze his eggs as he had always wanted the chance to be a parent – but had never seen himself being pregnant.

He said: ‘I was becoming something I always saw myself to be. It was amazing [and] exciting. 

‘I started seeing facial hair. My voice started to drop after a few months. It was a rollercoaster. 

After going through physiological assessments and testing, Taylor was able to start testosterone in November 2017

After going through physiological assessments and testing, Taylor was able to start testosterone in November 2017

Chloe, 30, (right, pictured with Taylor, left) said she always wanted a family of her own, ever since she was little

Chloe, 30, (right, pictured with Taylor, left) said she always wanted a family of her own, ever since she was little 

Taylor after transitioning

Taylor decided to freeze his eggs as he had always wanted the chance to be a parent – but had never seen himself being pregnant

Taylor decided to freeze his eggs as he had always wanted the chance to be a parent – but had never seen himself being pregnant

Taylor had top surgery in October 2019 and a hysterectomy in November 2023

Taylor had top surgery in October 2019 and a hysterectomy in November 2023

Taylor hopes sharing his story can show people that it's 'never too late' to transition

Taylor hopes sharing his story can show people that it’s ‘never too late’ to transition

Taylor had top surgery in October 2019 and a hysterectomy in November 2023.

He said: ‘It was such a liberating feeling. It was amazing not having to hide my chest – to go the beach and not have to wear a bra.’

Speaking of having children, Taylor said: ‘From my perspective, I always wanted to have biological kids but I didn’t want to be pregnant.

‘We’re using both our eggs to start a family so we each have a biological connection.’

Taylor hopes sharing his story can show people that it’s ‘never too late’ to transition.

He said: ‘I feel like this is a new life since transitioning.’

How much does IVF treatment cost? 

The NHS says that the cost of private treatment for IVF can vary.

But one cycle of IVF can cost around £5,000 or more. 

This price does not include additional costs for medicines, consultations and tests. Certain add ons can mean that the cost climbs to a whopping £20,000. 

The NHS states: ‘At the moment, there is no special funding for fertility treatment for transgender patients. 

‘The eligibility criteria for funding are the same as for any other person seeking fertility treatment.’

The British Medical Journal estimated that the NHS spent around £68million on IVF treatment in 2018. 

 



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