Gender dysphoria 


Transgender: Ruth's story

Ruth was born in a male body but felt that she was female. She first sought advice from her GP when she was 17. Learn about her hormone treatment and surgery, and how she feels now.

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Gender terminology

Gender dysphoria is a complex condition that can be difficult to understand. Therefore, it helps to distinguish between the meanings of different gender-related terms:

  • gender dysphoria  discomfort or distress caused by a mismatch between a person’s gender identity and their biological sex assigned at birth
  • transsexualism  the desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by the wish to have treatment to make their physical appearance more consistent with their gender identity
  • transvestism  where a person occasionally wears clothes typically associated with the opposite gender (cross-dressing) for a variety of reasons
  • genderqueer - an umbrella term used to describe gender identities other than man and woman - for example, those who are both man and woman, or neither man nor woman, or moving between genders

Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.

Biological sex is assigned at birth, depending on the appearance of the genitals. Gender identity is the gender that a person "identifies" with or feels themselves to be.

While biological sex and gender identity are the same for most people, this is not the case for everyone. For example, some people may have the anatomy of a man, but identify themselves as a woman, while others may not feel they are definitively either male or female.

This mismatch between sex and gender identity can lead to distressing and uncomfortable feelings that are called gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is a recognised medical condition, for which treatment is sometimes appropriate. It is not a mental illness.

The condition is also sometimes known as gender identity disorder (GID), gender incongruence or transgenderism.

Some people with gender dysphoria have a strong and persistent desire to live according to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex. These people are sometimes called transsexual or trans people. Some trans people have treatment to make their physical appearance more consistent with their gender identity.

Gender dysphoria is not the same as transvestism or cross-dressing and is not related to sexual orientation. People with the condition may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual, and this may change with treatment.

What causes gender dysphoria?

The exact cause of gender dysphoria is unclear.

It was traditionally thought to be a psychiatric condition, with its causes believed to originate in the mind.

However, more recent research suggests the condition may actually be the result of the abnormal development of a baby while it is in the womb, possibly as a result of genetic or hormonal factors, which causes the brain to develop a gender identity that is different to the baby's sexual organs.

Read more about the causes of gender dysphoria.

Signs of gender dysphoria

The first signs of gender dysphoria can appear at a very young age. For example, a child may refuse to wear typical boys' or girls' clothes, or dislike taking part in typical boys' or girls' games and activities.

In most cases, this type of behaviour is just a normal part of growing up and will pass in time, but for those with gender dysphoria it persists into later childhood and through to adulthood.

Adults with gender dysphoria can feel trapped inside a body that does not match their gender identity. They may feel so unhappy about social expectations that they live according to their anatomical sex, rather than the gender they feel themselves to be. They may also have a strong desire to change or get rid of physical signs of their biological sex, such as facial hair or breasts.

Read more about the symptoms of gender dysphoria.

Getting help

If you think you or your child may have gender dysphoria, see your GP.

Your GP may refer you to a specialist team in a Gender Identity Clinic (GIC). Staff at these clinics can carry out a personalised assessment and provide any support you need. They can also offer advice about the treatment options available to you.

Read more about diagnosing gender dysphoria.

Treatment for gender dysphoria

Treatment for gender dysphoria aims to help reduce or remove the distressing feelings of a mismatch between biological sex and gender identity.

This can mean different things for different people. For some people, it can mean dressing and living as their preferred gender.

For others, it can mean taking hormones or having surgery to change their physical appearance.

Many trans people have treatment to change their body permanently, so that they are more consistent with their gender identity, and the vast majority are satisfied with the eventual results.

Read more about treating gender dysphoria.

How common is gender dysphoria?

It's not known exactly how many people experience gender dysphoria, because many people with the condition never seek help.

A study carried out in Scotland in 1999 found that around 1 in every 12,500 people may have the condition, although some people believe this is a significant underestimate. A survey of 10,000 people undertaken in 2012 by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that 1% of the population surveyed was gender variant, to some extent.

While gender dysphoria appears to be rare, the number of people being diagnosed with the condition is increasing, due to growing public awareness.

However, many people with gender dysphoria still face prejudice and misunderstanding.

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Sarinasparkle said on 26 October 2014

@ Kessia_Tacy Post further down.. I relate to your situations I'm 45 years yet to visit doctor.... to be honest I'm scared, but I know who I am just finding it so hard to come out I have no friends as such those that where never really was and I'm married with children love them all so much........... Sarina Gillespie

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conka said on 20 October 2014

I think I have gender dysphora and my mum doesn't believe me what should I do!?

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transporter001 said on 09 September 2014

My feeling is that the NHS is generally in a state of disarray. So since any trans services are going to be way down the food chain, what hope have most people got?

I am a straight guy who got involved with a transgender girl from overseas. I am bringing her back here to marry me.

It makes me sick to hear that there are 'professionals' who are admitting they had to get over their trans, phobias.

I have applied to the GIC at Leeds for help, it's in the NHS charter so I do expect help from them. Me and my partner aren't looking for freebies or handouts but we do expect the service to be as described.

If we don't get fair treatment you can expect to hear from me again, you will in any case, should be fun, we'll see.


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Barry101K said on 03 September 2014

Age 11/12 I started cross dressing, aged 38 I was diagnosed with Klinefelter’s Syndrome 47XXY proscribed Testosterone - Sustanon 250m’s after several years of ups and downs and emotions running high and feeling very much gender confused yes I am gender dysphoric have been diagnosed by GID and being push from pillar to post by psychologists who did not understand riley not very helpful when you need it sadly did not go through with it duo to years of humiliation of being a cross dresser now 53 I feel I can’t go on living with my emotional state of mind as I most of the time want to be female live as female in every aspect of being female Yes I need help but approaching the people who can is not as easy as it sounds, I’d love talking to someone like minded that would understand what I’m feeling inside.

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dawn_star said on 31 August 2014

My experience of transitioning on the NHS is one of a complete nightmare.

I first went to my GP in January 2014, after years of misgendering myself because of my life experience to date due to trans-phobic people.

I was told I would need to see a psychiatrist first because of an existing mental health condition, which when I look back on it was probably caused by bullying and misunderstanding about transsexual people. This turns out after all to not be part of the gender dysphoria NHS protocol, where an appointment should of been made straight to a GIC.

After funding was granted after 4 months of being bounced about different departments my GP at the time sat on the referral.

I was then sectioned under the mental health act for expressing a very common trans thought and feeling. Whilst in hospital I had my blood base lines done and was told that I would require regular blood work because by this time I had started DIYing HRT. This blood work is routinely denied by my currenty GP.

A referral was made after 7 and half months of going to see the GP at the beginning of year.

The NHS makes protocols to protect trans people but never stick to it, they have caused me no end of stress only adding insult to my wounds with shady comments and telling me scare stories about trans-women.

At each appointment I have with my nurse I get another blow of bad news and why I expect any different now is beyond me.

Seriously if you've got money keep away from the NHS and look for private treatments. Doctors in the NHS treat transsexuals with very little or if any respect.

A completely poor service run by trans-phobic doctors.

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SarahsNewShoes said on 11 July 2014

I'm trans, MTF. I knew from the age of 5.
I went to my GP aged 17, he said he wouldn't do anything and prescribed me antidepressants.
After years of dark misery I went back but was told the NHS has nothing to do with transgenderism because it's a personal choice.
It took an official complaint for them to take me seriously.
I've been on 2mg of Oestradiol for 7 months now and they've only just agreed to give adequate HRT levels.
The RLE is incredibly irresponsible and dangerous for us trans people before we have had a chance to transition safely.
In one appointment the gender expert said it took him a very long time to except gender dysphoria as a legitimate issue; I'm still not sure how to feel about this. The experts aren't really experts, they're even unfamiliar with contemporary terminology.
The NHS and PCT's are businesses concerned with profit and loss but they have to follow the law, so don't be afraid to voice your needs, they have to listen.
So much despair.

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JJKirito said on 09 June 2014

It was very hard to come out for me about 3 months ago. But when I did i noticed that I had support from close friends at College. I have felt like I have for over 7 years now and I'm waiting by raising the £50K to get the sex change, even though I have been very low sometimes to the point where I think "should I be on this disasterous, idiotic world anymore" but at that point I think of my family and my friends who are supporting me through this. There needs to be more awareness of Gender Dysphoria (Transgenderism) across the UK so that we can get more accepted in society more rather than being weird, stupid and sissy people. In college I have had people backstabbing commenting about me behind my back and I just think to myself "At least I came out - I had the balls to do so, I have balls to wear the girls clothes. Neither of you would do the same that I have." I'm LGBT and proud, always proud.

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April1980 said on 13 January 2014

its very hard to do I was told it takes 4 years which I had tried when I was 30 told my doctor went thru the phychtrist for 2 years dressed as female to be told at the end NO which I ended up trying to kill at 46 I want to try again but its even harder now than before having to dress female dailys is no problem its the fact I have no friends and no family and was told you have to get reports from people that see you dressed out daily ??? this shouldnt be the way...who in there right mind is going to ask strangers to sign that they seen you out as female...all I want to do is get a sex change without this hassle..4 years pfff should be less

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RATaylor said on 27 October 2013

I've had a positive experience withe the NHS.The Gender I dentity Clinic in London have been great.All the staff from Psychiatrists to Speech Therapists have been really nice.
Some G.P's are rubbish though.They have personal views about Transsexuals which they bring to work with them.They should leave their personal prejudices at home and just try to help their patients.

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User778928 said on 07 June 2013

The article contains this:-
"Their response is that gender is a matter of personal preference. If you regard yourself as a man, or a woman, then you have the right to be treated as one."

Which grossly misrepresents the consensus views of activists. Which would be better expressed as

"Their response is that gender is a matter of health rather than a matter of science. If you regard yourself as a man, or a woman, then it will promote your health to be treated as one. Especially recorded as one in your medical records. The NHS should be (but is not) concerned with the promoting health of transfolk, as contrasted with validating scientific theories."

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Mikki1969 said on 17 January 2013

Oh yea forgot to ask/ say: my GP described services with relation to trans people as rubbish. So.... Where do I find the help and support I'm looking for? Far from angry but could do with some support from somewhere :)

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Mikki1969 said on 17 January 2013

After years of holding my true self in, I finally made the choice to see a GP. I have to say I was scared but my GP was fantastic. I'm now recognised with G.I.D and while yes, it's a label, it confirms who I have always said I am. Now I'm screaming to be my feminine self but need confidence. I think I need to meet people treading my path to be fair but where do you start? I'm South Yorkshire based so anyone with any advice please post it here :) My true journey begins ....

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Kessia_Tacy said on 22 December 2012

Like many of you, I've come to accept that I'm Trans at 39 after feeling that something was wrong from the age of 5. Never liked being male, hate 'male' things like football, wrestling, never had a male body always skinny with small hands and feet. Reading through all your comments gives me some concerns particularly those of you having to fight with the NHS. I came out to my doctor last month after several weeks of wearing female clothing, something I hadn't done since after I got married, and he was brilliant, I did turn up to the appointment in a long skirt and heels mind you. I agree that you shouldn't be forced to RLE when your body simply does not match, personally, I HATE my face and no amount of makeup can fix the fact that it looks wrong. I know that our treatment is very expensive but honestly, we need our bodies fixing BEFORE we can go full time, that's the definition of Gender Dysphoria a mismatch between physical appearance and gender identity. I try to live as a girl as much as possible even going out in public when I have built the courage up, and doing that is a nightmare in itself due to prejudices. Luckily my friends at uni are amazing and took it all very well as well as my sister. Still got the hurdle of the ex-wife and my three daughters to go. Think the ex will have fun with it, while we were married she constantly told my I wasn't a man....
Anyhoos, lots of love and support to those having bother.
Kess xx

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Mazzy26 said on 11 December 2012

I am a 26yo TS woman. In general I don't have any complaints about the NHS. My GP was fantastic, my psychiatrist was fantastic.
I started hormones on my 2nd appointment, and I have been very happy with everyone I have encountered. I am aware that the NHS is a bit of a postcode lottery. And that I have had a good experience.
Ultimately we should be thankful we have an NHS whom subsidise our expensive treatments.

I think they are great :-)

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hannahjade38 said on 07 December 2012

Ha ha ha.....oh i love it. i qoute - "Treatment for gender dysphoria aims to help people remove the feeling of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity". Well thank you NHS for your help. Thanks to you I now truely want to end my life thanks to how kind and understanding youve been.
Ive wanted to be female since the age of 5. Ive tried to lead a normal life but things caught up with me last November where i was considering suicide. I have been off since December 2011 with Anxiety/Depression.

Part of the reason its taken me so long to do anything is im afraid of perception if forced to RLE without looking convincing. Unfortunately, i wasnt blessed with the looks of Kate Beckinsdale and wouldnt feel comfortable being forced to dress up. Finally plucked up the courage to see my GP and since then, have seen a Mental health practicioner, Gender Counsellor, Psychologist and an Endocrinologist.

Ive just received a letter to say they arent going to prescribe hormones (although i want them too. Im self prescribing and would much rather it be monitored professionally). I have to undergo RLE for at least three months before they`ll consider Hormones.

Oh and although i tried to dress asexually, the general opinion was clearly living as a man and not following the NHS`s strict criteria. Well ive done tons of research and see plenty of girls wearing what i wear. Clearly, ive got walk in with a skirt and heels on before the dated system will acknowledge me.

Thanks for absolutely nothing NHS.

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gina at choices said on 07 September 2012

ok i may have done this before but. i spoke to the mental health team. they told me it wasnt their concern.
i spoke to a few nhs staff again they were not worried
i could show physical build causing the gender problems. i was offered and allowed makeup in hospital
and did my nails with female staff and the girls.
i was also told it should be that way i wasnt mentally ill
and also it should be that way.
it was scarey after the fiascos we usually get.
i had far worse from the private sector and the nhs staff were unparalleled to date.
they also allowed a female name.
and accepted sometimes we go pvt as well.
i didnt know what to say or think after the indescribable torture they used in places.
full marks without concern on this this time.
oe was a staff nurse.
so again it does depend on whats wrong and who does it
e warned also of pvt operators who have nothing like
that level of expertise when you pay for rubbish instead.
thats the flip side as well in all honesty.

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Steph_h said on 18 July 2012

I joined the NHS track in March 2011, having been living 'full time' for 9 months. I started HRT on my own about a month later, when I felt I'd done enough research into it, and with the full co-operation of my doctor for blood tests.

One and a quarter years down the line, I have yet to have my first appointment with my GIC.

There seems a great disparity between what the NHS say they do, and what they actually do.

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Jennette said on 14 June 2012

Like many transgender people i have always felt that i was in the wrong body , i have never liked to dress as a male , i dont like any sports , i dont like pubs , i cant abide all that macho strutting and affiliated behaviour , in fact i just dont like men ! and i hate being one . I tried to just ignore it and thought that it was probably just me being a bit camp , i met and married my wife of 30 years and things have been great , but still the feeling persisted that all was not as it should be , my wife even often said my god your so gay in a joking way but i began to think that she was,nt far from the truth ! over the last two years i have had some real problems handling my feelings and was really beginning to start thinking that i no longer wanted to exist , so i did my homework and lo and behold just how neatly do i fit the Transgender mould , so after a lot of research and a lot of soul searching i decided in december of 2011 to come out to my wife , children and friends , and the result was total acceptance and i have never been so happy ! , My wife Sue is starting to have problems as she says i am more Jet ( shortened Jennette ) than i am Dave , certainly i am starting to look more feminine as my face changes and my hair grows , and when fully dolled up even my workmates did,nt recognise me in the photos , i am told that im very convincing , so Sue and myself are now entering a bit of a problem time which im hoping we can overcome in the time i have before i transition to a full time T Girl ( grs is not planned at this time ) , anyway part of the reason i have told you all this is in reply to some of the comments about doctors not being equipped to deal with trans people , i have not spoken with my new doc yet but i have registered with him as Transgender , but in the meantime i am taking spironolactone ( spiratone ) which is an Anti Androgen, you can go it alone initially and help is out there love Jet xxx

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tefi said on 15 May 2012

Bambi43 - if you've not found any help yet, try the Depend site ( It's the best that I've found. You don't give your age. Whatever your age, you can ask your GP for a referral to counselling if you think it would be helpful. Other sites that may be helpful are the gires site which is science research - gives information to help you understand and a Canadian site As its name suggests, it is aimed at the straight spouses of homosexual or transsexual partners but has some help for family and children. Someone told me that the road was a 'rollercoaster' which calmed to 'bumpy' then flatter. After four months, you are probably still on the 'rollercoaster' bit but keep going and try the sites mentioned.

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KaidenD said on 24 March 2012

Have been living as male for about six months now, and feel so much happier. Went to see my GP back in February and she was extremely helpful and has referred me to a psychiatrist. I'm waiting for the 18th April to arrive to go see him.
I'm only 17, so I feel there's still a very long way to go until I'm comfortable and happy - hopefully April will set the ball rolling!

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Shane94 said on 03 March 2012

All these stories are a great inspiration.
I'm 18 and almost seems like a lifetime of waiting. I've been considering gender reassignment surgery since I was 15 and now that i'm legally allowed to, i'm not sure where should I start from.
Do I consult my GP? or look for a psychotherapist?
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated :)

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mollymay1984 said on 11 January 2012

I must say my doctor was and is very understanding and helpful i wish all of you could have had him i am so sorry for all your upset and anguish he has helped me deal with alot of things that i didnt even know were going to be an issue for me the NHS are fantastic

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bambi43 said on 10 January 2012

I have found out my dad wants to be a woman since last april, i was so angry and tearful, i just want to know on here is there a site or counselling service for people like myself and the families effect by it, at the moment i cant accept it.

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Freeatlast said on 26 December 2011

I am amazed that the NHS can culturally and objectively get away with the way it treats (or does not treat) transsexuals.
Two years ago, in desperation, having read much on the internet, I plucked up courage and went to see my to my GP in Kent. She did not know how to deal with me and focused our discussion entirely on the potenntial effects on my wife. She told me to think about it some more. I told my wife. She was amazingly very sympathetic and very sorry for me having had to live life since early childhood with dysphoria. Over the last two year she has been very supportive as has our family. I decided to go privately as it was my only real choice. At 63 I could not risk delaying any surgery (and the constructive 5-year delaying tactics of the NHS) in case my health deteriorated. In the meantime I had facial feminisation and gender reassignment surgery at a total cost of £40,000. Having completed all my surgeries over 2 years, I approached my new GP on the Wirral, and asked for the NHS to provide me with maintenance hormones. She said that the local PCT did not treat transsexual people and I would have to pay for my hormones for the rest of my life. I challenged this with the PCT who agreed eventually to prescribe. What and absolute disgraceful performance of the NHS despite national and inernational legislation and numerous guidance documents. It is about time individuals in the NHS are made answerable for what is constructive ignorance (to save costs) or worse, bigotry.

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deenw said on 24 December 2011

It helps to read some of these stories. Mine is a mess of 5 years fighting with the NHS. Although they diagnose me as TG and do require hormone therapy. They insist that I jump through the hoops of changing my name 'to a more female appropriate name - Dee isnt good enough'. What they fail to understand is that some of us have an emergent approach to becoming well. To force people down a road a deny treatment is, well, more than heart breaking. When yet the guidance in the wpath document is totally different to the way the nhs run things with almost a comply or die attitude. Now self medicating on 1mg to take the edge off whilst I put my life back together. Patient centred care - I dont think so.

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Rebecca1991 said on 16 November 2011

I'm transgender Myself at the age of 19 yet i must say regarding my GP's it doesnt go well i have been living in my correct gender for roghly about a year now, well i went to my gp's back in the start of Feb an first of all my gp didnt have a clue what to sugest she looked rather bewildered as of what to do so she said leave it with me so for a good month it had taken her to find out what she needed to do so she applied for funding via the primary care trust which i was fully clued up on everything before i went to my gp's regarding the process an what is required so i had to wait 3 months for the primary care trust meeting regarding funding to be told that it was inconclusive as i hadnt been to see the physiatrist to show that i am medically sane to go ahead with this i then got refered to the wrong person an had to wait for yet another appointment then i was sent to the correct person who has assesed me as fine to go ahead with this they had written a report my gp who then sent this infomation to another board meeting an luckly i was told i have been awarded the funding then from september to november i had been waiting more or less 2-3 months while nothing was happening as the gp said referal had been made an to just wait for a letter to turn up my gp then relised the pct do not make automatic referals finally now refered to Leeds (GIC) apparently although they still havent received my referal! so i went to my gp to ask about getting hormones as this is Who i am an what i really want, to be told they cannot give hormones until see (GIC) although i'm sure this is incorrect? leeds are fully booked for rest of this year an possibly all next year according to what infomation leeds have given me yet my gp wont send me privately as they said it would cost more than my allicated allowance an the pct wont offer more funding due to waiting time so i'm more or less expected to go on waiting two years without any hormones or anything! :(

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jaz39 said on 11 October 2011

lets look at a child of 5 years old,what kind of a child is she or he?how do they perform?does any one know?yes we all know,we were once that age,i remember me being that age,i was happy playing with boys toys,i was happy acting as a boy,but when your child reaches such age,can you see in her or his mind to say that they are not older enough yet to decide?all my life i have worn mens clothes,for my reason are mine,if you have two woman,1 in mens clothes and the other in ladys garments,you can either see that she wont perform a male in bed,but the other might,well since i came out in my teens,i wanted to make love to a woman just as much as a man does,it connects with the way my mind has grown,how i want to be,some years ago i put my insides to the test,i put on ladys trousers,blouse,boots,jacket,walked out of my house,down the road,as i was walking down the road,i was sweating uncontrollaby,i wanted to rip the clothes of me,but i tried,i was still wanting to,why am i doing this to myself,when i was at local supermarket,i could not believe the anxsiety attack i was having,i needed to get home,i felt like a child that had no rights but to perform in that manner,ever since i have brought more mens garments,under wear,to wake up put them on,im living the truth of how my body was telling me back then,something is now,resting inside of me,relaxed,and comfortable,dont do that to me again it said,i said dont worry i wont,and i havent,but other people are really trying to put me back there because they dont want me the way i need to be,that way is me to be a man,i got away with everything to do with feminine garments,now my wardrobe is all male,my home is a bachelor pad,nothing feminine,So if any one out there feels like this,dont give up,

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Sophie8640 said on 23 September 2011

I went to my GP, and he referred me on to a psychologist.
The psychologist was 10 minutes later starting the first appointment and rushed thorough a load of questions and the second appointment lasted 10 minutes and all he gave me was the web address for a cross dressers site and told me that they would be a help! Completely clueless!

Like Sarah1944 i have looked into self medicating but the side effects scare me, with that said I feel i need to do something. Being over 40, when i was first trying to deal with my GD any male who wore a dress was gay, a freak or a joke and anyone who felt trapped in the wrong body was electrocuted as a cure! So i tried to bury the real me and now I'm suffering from that decision. It's good to hear people like Ruth and Terry don't suffer from their GD the way i do :)

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sarah1944 said on 05 September 2011

I found this article very interesting. It was unfortunate that whilst it gave good information for young and mid aged people it made no reference to older people with GD.
I am 66 and after gender counselling and psychiatriac assessment I have been been diagnosed with GD.
I am realistic enough to realise I probably cannot undergo SRS.
My GP has my Counsellors letter and my Psychiatrists report and is to refer me to a GIC.
Until about Aprl this year and for 20 months I was taking herbs to feminise myself. I found these to affect me in a most postiive way with some slight physical changes but particularly some real psychological inprovements. I became far more relaxed and contented with myself. My anger and angst were deminished and I became a happier and more contented person.
Part of the article referred to hormones being a medication that could be taken as a way of achieving people desires to become closer to the gender they associate with without full SRS and to lead a more fulfilling and contented life.
My GP won't prescribe me hormones. I am prepared to self administer them bought off the internet and all I ask is that the NHS (my GP) should monitor my health and send off blood for testing etc.
After all, if I was depressed she would certainly prescribe me a pick me up to enhance my life so what is the difference in prescribing me hormones.
I hope someone will comment on my message and perhaps offer advice on what perhaps I can do.
Thanks for reading this.

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terry slatcher said on 27 July 2011

My life's going great! Nice job (part time) people treat me cool.

I'll like have a month of bliss then a couple of days of hell. How do people know it's time to hate on me.?!

Dr F was nice today. Strong letter of recommendation with fast request for funding of my treatment.

She saw into my heart the subtext on WHY, the impression I got. So lovely, later on seems cereal.

Complete empathy

Since i got assertive my life's gotten better. I'm happy with my body and the emerging me.

And something good is that when I'm walking through town I'm totally different.

She was just fab I can't get over her.

I've had mental illness which I'm now over

My thing is unusual I don't cross dress although I like to. Does it make sense? I know what I mean.

Throw in a bit of negativity for good measure. People DO suck. Lower the bar (of morality).

And also my Doctor is cool too, Dr B.

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vj767 said on 25 February 2011

Today I went to GP/Doctor. After seeing the GP I asked I need help on gender issue and told themthat, from many years I’m going though gender dysporia and need help and a letter to see a psychiatric assessment... By looking at doctor they looked and was completely clueless, I think they had no experience on gender issues... they said there is no help at all. NHS can’t help or do any think. Then kept asking me question how I got trapped in man’s body and Doctor told me you can’t change your body, I never come across anything like this before. After few minutes they got up and went to see the senior nurse to ask them why they sent me to see them. Doctor came back and said ok; I will write to special psychologist to deals with your issue and the nurse will contact you in few days...
I’m a bit confused with the whole thing anyone has any idea... Please tell me

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Pauline1954 said on 08 October 2010

Transphobic attitudes will always hamper our lives and as such we should get as close to how our gender dictates us to be both with the help that the NHS can provide and by our own means with make up, feminine postureand voice therapy voice . The list is endless. There are varying degrees of what is required by each individual depending on many factors. Myself I do not want the full operation and will take all other means to get to my much needed position although this view can change as I transition. This is a personal choice and not made by many of us and will mean that I will have to try that bit more.
One interesting point was that whilst getting my log in to write this the NHS website asked for my gender....male or female.....sorry im transgendered.
So even the more well educated people on the subject can accidently miss out such an important choice.
Remember we only want to be ourselves.

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ohmygoodness! said on 21 June 2009

Emma_stbg – what on earth are you talking about? How much alleged copy & pasting of gender philosophy textbooks can one do without actually making any sense? Do you really think that “these people” as you patronisingly refer to, would under go such extreme and irreversible gender reassignment procedures to place themselves in an arguably more vulnerable position just to assuage social opinion or perceive social perceptions? By your argument, if society frowned upon people with two arms, would the others cut off one arm just to feel accepted?
Are you aware of the latest medical research which has found a common genetic denominator in sufferers of gender dysphoria? If this condition were publicised as genetic, would you then group in all other sufferers of genetic conditions with the same cut & paste attitude?
Transgender people align their bodies with their brains/gender identity. They honour their true gender whatever their sexual orientation may be. Gender identity and sexual orientation are two distinct concepts and have nothing to do with eachother. Given the amount of psychiatric assessment which “these people” undergo before they are even allowed to commence re-assignment procedures, it would be a slur on the medical profession to suggest that they would be allowed to go through with the procedures for the wrong reasons.
If you’re in the wrong room, you get out. Nobody blames you or says you’re doing it to please all the people in the other room. I think transgender people are the brave few who are actually true to themselves, whereas a lot of non-transgender people rarely are or even know themselves at all, and are the first to suffer society’s dictum of what is socially acceptable. Or are women who have boob-jobs discriminating against their own gender too? Come on!

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Kimberley Whittaker said on 20 June 2009

Nomatter how much you get rid of any transphobic attitudes there will still be the need for trans people to change their phydical appearance.

Emma stbg just does not understand, We are born in the wrong bodies and it's the body that needs rectifying to correct this defect.

It really is that simple, even in an ideal world we will still need to correct what we see as a physical deformity.

Does this Emma stbg also believe that if you remove homophobia that people will no longer need to be be homosexual or lesbian ?

surely not !

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