In today’s world, apart from male and female, there are people from the LGBTQ+ community with gays, transgender, lesbian, and some don’t want to specify their sex or gender. Many transgender and not confirmed gender people don’t have any problem with their identity.
Improved Mental Health Conditions Of Transgender By Sex Reassignment
They find comfort in their role and identify without having any sex reassignment surgery. But for others, gender affirmed surgery is very important in terms of medical as well as for their mental health.
New research reveals that after doing gender affirmed surgery, the transgender and gender diverse people, their mental health improves more rapidly. A study was done to compare the period of surgery and at least two years before the surgery.
There was psychological distress, suicidal thoughts, and smoking with the transgender people and gender diverse people who eagerly wanted to reassign their gender through surgery. By doing this study, another fact came to light that there is a restriction on any gender-related treatment for the young and minor transgender people in many parts.
The researchers found out that gender-affirming surgeries play an essential role in protection against mental health and also help the person to recover from any mental issues.
Anthony Almazan, a lead author, M.D, says that they were pretty impressed and surprised by these associations’ magnitude. It’s very important for the people who were seeking or wanting to have gender-affirming surgery.
He has seen many reports that deny the fact that sex reassignment would be beneficial for mental health. Due to less evidence, they conducted this study to improve clinical care and help in the law and policies for transgender people and gender diverse populations.
This study takes data from the 2015 U.S. Transgenders Survey of almost 20,000 participants who are undergoing or doing gender-affirming surgery. They found out that 12.8% had done the surgery two years ago, but 59.2% wanted to get it but not yet had.
About 38.8% are transgender women, 32.5% transgender men, and 26.6% are not confirmed, and around 42% of gender-affirming surgery helps reduce psychological distress, 44% in suicidal thoughts, and 35% reduction in smoking.
According to Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, director of the national LGBTQIA+ health education center and director of the Psychiatry Gender Identity Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, to live authentically with true identity and navigate the society in a way they want to present as their gender identity if there should be an alignment of body and gender expression and identity.
Doing the sex reassignment surgery helps boost overall confidence and improves sexual relationships and other interpersonal relationships. In the U.S. there is a rapid increase in gender-affirming surgery in recent years due to legal practices of care in gender-affirming surgeries were also increased. Some states still don’t have proper access to these surgeries, and even in some cases like Arkansas have banned gender-affirming care for young transgender.
Not for minors: AMA
The American Medical Association has released a letter to the state governors opposing the sex reassignment treatments for minors. They said that this legislation was hazardous for the health of the minor transgender. Transgender people are three times more have mental disorders than the rest population. The young ones get stressed from the social stigma and discrimination just because of their gender identity.