People with Disorders of Sex Development Could Have Mixed Feelings About Gender
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Patients with disorders of sex development (DSDs) might develop gender dysphoria and wish to undergo gender transition, according to a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study.
Researchers interviewed 1,040 adults with different types of DSDs, including Klinefelter's syndrome, Turner syndrome, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The participants were treated at 14 centers located across Europe.
The participants completed assessment tools that focused on gender dysphoria, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Case studies were also reviewed.
Five percent of the participants underwent a gender transition, mostly before puberty.
Four percent reported their gender as non-binary -- not exclusively male or female. This group was more likely have low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
The authors urged healthcare providers to understand that patients might have mixed feelings about their gender and feel reluctant to discuss those feelings with others.
To read more about the study, please click here.
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