Sex reassignment therapy is the medical aspect of gender transitioningthat is, modifying one's characteristics to better suit one's gender identity. It can consist of hormone therapy to modify secondary sex characteristicssex reassignment surgery to alter primary sex characteristicsand other procedures altering appearance, including permanent hair removal for trans women. In appropriately evaluated cases of severe gender dysphoriasex reassignment therapy is often the best when standards of care are followed.
Emily Tressa was born again at age 17, her dreams of a body to match her identity finally come true. While the operation reconstructed her male genitalia to make her physically female, Emily felt her anatomy had finally caught up with the rest of her. Her mom Linda, 56, remembers Emily as a miserable little boy struggling to find a place in the world.
Skip navigation! Story from Body. This story was originally published on July 1st,and we're bringing it to your attention again in honor of Transgender Day Of Visibility.
Like many other surgery patients, Hayley Anthony has a daily physical therapy regimen. But unlike other post-ops, the year-old marketing consultant is recovering from a procedure she helped invent. Five months ago, she became one of the first people in the world to have a piece of tissue incised from the cavity of her abdomen and turned into a vagina.
I interviewed a year-old named Casey who identifies as a pre-op FTM trans teen. It was great to hear about his life, but some of the terms he used during the conversation—like pre-op and FTM—might not be familiar to everyone. Like gender, language can be fluid.
With better understanding, how might transsexualism be treated someday? Fortunately, there are increasing opportunities for T-girls to transition early in life. The clear and visible difficulties facing late transitioners should be a big warning bell for young transsexual girls, who should seek help and learn of all the options for resolving their conditions at the earliest possible age see Andrea James' page Transitioning Early in Life.
Christine Connelly, a member of the board of directors for the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, stated, "She was the first young person who picked up the national spotlight, went on TV and was able to articulate her perspective and point of view with such innocence. Jennings is an honorary co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which she and her parents founded in to assist transgender youth. Inshe founded Purple Rainbow Tails, a company in which she fashions rubber mermaid tails to raise money for transgender children.
We conducted a systematic literature review of all peer-reviewed articles published in English between and June that assess the effect of gender transition on transgender well-being. We found no studies concluding that gender transition causes overall harm. As an added resource, we separately include 17 additional studies that consist of literature reviews and practitioner guidelines. This search found a robust international consensus in the peer-reviewed literature that gender transition, including medical treatments such as hormone therapy and surgeries, improves the overall well-being of transgender individuals.
Gender-confirmation surgeries—the name given to procedures that change the physical appearance and function of sexual characteristics—increased by 20 percent from to in the U. Rates are also increasing worldwide. Now, at least one surgeon is reporting a trend of regret.
Individuals are considered to be transgender if their gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth. Not all individuals choose to medically or surgically transition. However, those who do may face a dilemma: what do they do if they want to have children later in life? Both hormone treatments and surgery can impact fertility.