Inside Health: Gender, sex and sport - issues of testosterone
It’s hard to miss the current discussions on sex, gender, and biology. One arena where debates are getting quite heated is sport.
In 2016, the International Olympic Committee announced that male-to-female transgender athletes will be allowed to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, without having gender reassignment surgery. They do have to demonstrate reduced blood testosterone levels (usually achieved through hormone therapy). Female-to-male transgender athletes can compete ‘without restriction’.
Gerard Conway, Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at the Institute for Women’s Health at University College London, joins Adam to help us understand many of the issues concerning testosterone and its putative effect on athletic performance. (Listen from 9:05 to 24:00)
Recorded for the BBC Radio 4 - Inside Science programme, originally broadcast on Thurs 14th March 2019.