Statistics & solutions for regretting gender treatment

Statistics of individuals who have regretted their transition provide a clear insight in what goes into a process such as this one. Highly regarded pediatrician and medical director at the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital LA adds more fascinating solutions..
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Statistics & solutions for regretting gender treatment

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Historically when transgender people wanted to go on the hormones they had requirement that they needed to live for a year in a real life experience. So they needed to live in their authentic gender role for a year before they could get hormones. This was because there was so much concern about regret. Historically, when people were transitioning in the 40s, 50s, and 60s they have lived an entire life in their assigned birth gender. This meant that they had established families in the role as father or mother. They had established business careers, they had lived an entire life in a gender that was not their authentic gender. When they transitioned at a later age the regret about doing that had nothing to do with their gender identity fluctuating. It had to do with the fact that it was difficult to now go and live in a different role. That is the regret that we see talked about in literature or the database about the idea of changing your mind or going back. For adolescence and youth this is one reason why, one of the many reasons why early treatment is so beneficial. A person has not established an entire life time in one gender. So they are not going to have regret around assimilating one role versus another. The early data that's come out about regret shows that there is little to none. And even in the historical data the regret percentages are less than 1%. And they almost always have to do with the inability to assimilate in the authentic gender role. There is no data that says there is a group of people whose gender identity fluctuated and therefore they regret starting treatment. I think we often see in the media one case or two cases highlighted of people who've regretted their gender transition but we don't often hear if there are speaking about their core identity fluctuating or if they are speaking about the issue assimilating in a new gender role.

Statistics of individuals who have regretted their transition provide a clear insight in what goes into a process such as this one. Highly regarded pediatrician and medical director at the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital LA adds more fascinating solutions..

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Johanna Olson, MD

Medical Director, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Johanna Olson, MD is a pediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Medical Director of the hospital’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development.  She specializes in the care of transgender youth, gender variant children, youth with HIV, and chronic pain. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She has appeared on ABC's 20/20, The Dr. Phil Show, CNN, Dateline NBC and The Doctors to educate audiences about the needs of transgender youth.

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