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What are the treatment for gender dysphoria?

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Gender dysphoria is when you don’t feel at home with the gender you were born with. Talk therapy is central to treatment. Many people with gender dysphoria also choose to take at least some steps to bring their physical appearance in line with how they feel inside. They might change the way they dress or go by a different name. They may also take medicine or have surgery to change their appearance. Treatments include:

  • Puberty blockers. A young person in early puberty may take hormones (testosterone or estrogen) to suppress changes like facial hair and breast growth.
  • Hormones. Teens or adults may take the hormones estrogen or testosterone to develop traits of the sex that they identify with.
  • Surgery. Some people choose to have complete sex-reassignment surgery. Others may have only some procedures done in order to bring their looks more in line with their feelings.

SOURCES:

Randi Kaufman, PsyD, clinical psychologist, The Gender & Family Project of The Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York.

American Psychiatric Association: "Gender Dysphoria."

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

National Health Service.

University of Maryland Medical Center.

 

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 09, 2016

SOURCES:

Randi Kaufman, PsyD, clinical psychologist, The Gender & Family Project of The Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York.

American Psychiatric Association: "Gender Dysphoria."

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

National Health Service.

University of Maryland Medical Center.

 

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 09, 2016

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