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Medical detransition following transgender identity reaffirmation: two case reports

Medical detransition following transgender identity reaffirmation: two case reports BackgroundRecently, increased social and scientific attention has been paid to gender detransition, a phenomenon in which individuals discontinue gender-affirming medical interventions (GAMI) aimed at alleviating gender dysphoria (GD). Yet, clinical knowledge of detransitioners and their experiences is still scarce. Case reports published in the literature suggest that both internal and external factors may influence this decision.MethodsTwo transgender individuals treated for GD at a gender identity unit presented with a desire to discontinue GAMI. A description of their clinical evolution is presented.ResultsIncreased body satisfaction, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-empowerment with respect to their transgender identity were mentioned by the patients as reasons for discontinuing gender-affirming treatments. Coinciding factors included reduced GD, positive changes in social environments, better interpersonal functioning, and higher levels of psychological well-being in general.ConclusionsGender detransition is an under-researched phenomenon. These cases highlight the need for a more nuanced approach to gender-related clinical presentations, which involves providing individuals the opportunity to work on their social ecosystems and explore alternative options to manage GD before initiating GAMI. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sexual Health CSIRO Publishing

Medical detransition following transgender identity reaffirmation: two case reports

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CSIRO Publishing
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Copyright © American Meteorological Society
ISSN
1448-5028
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1449-8987
DOI
10.1071/SH21089
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Abstract

BackgroundRecently, increased social and scientific attention has been paid to gender detransition, a phenomenon in which individuals discontinue gender-affirming medical interventions (GAMI) aimed at alleviating gender dysphoria (GD). Yet, clinical knowledge of detransitioners and their experiences is still scarce. Case reports published in the literature suggest that both internal and external factors may influence this decision.MethodsTwo transgender individuals treated for GD at a gender identity unit presented with a desire to discontinue GAMI. A description of their clinical evolution is presented.ResultsIncreased body satisfaction, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-empowerment with respect to their transgender identity were mentioned by the patients as reasons for discontinuing gender-affirming treatments. Coinciding factors included reduced GD, positive changes in social environments, better interpersonal functioning, and higher levels of psychological well-being in general.ConclusionsGender detransition is an under-researched phenomenon. These cases highlight the need for a more nuanced approach to gender-related clinical presentations, which involves providing individuals the opportunity to work on their social ecosystems and explore alternative options to manage GD before initiating GAMI.

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Sexual HealthCSIRO Publishing

Published: Dec 10, 2021

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