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Detransitioning is the process of changing one's gender presentation and/or sex characteristics back to one's assigned sex, following an earlier transgender transition.[1] Detransitioning is also termed retransitioning.[2]

Personal experiences[edit]

Some people detransition after feeling that transitioning caused more problems than it solved, citing reasons including inability to bond with people,[3] concern regarding the health implications of high doses of hormones,[4] the way in which people responded to a trans man,[5] a constant, low level of groin pain,[6] and sexual inability.[7] A person, who subsequently detransitioned, said that he struggled with gender identity after eight years of living as a woman, with no lasting peace, and a worsening of "gender confusion".[8]

In September 2017, the Australian 60 Minutes television program featured a 12-year-old who transitioned as a girl and two years later detransitioned.[9]

Clinician experiences[edit]

A review of more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transsexuals by the University of Birmingham found no robust scientific evidence that sex reassignment surgery is clinically effective.[10] However, some studies find that sex reassignment surgery improves the quality of life of most of those who undergo it.[11][12][13]

Genital reconstructive surgeon Miroslav Dordevic said that some transgender people regret having undergone the procedure and want to detransition. He said that this is particularly so for transgender women over 30,[14][15] and that there is a "taboo" in talking about issues relating to "regret".[15]

In August 2017, the Philadelphia-based Mazzoni Center's Trans Health Conference, which is an annual meeting of transgender people, advocates, and health care providers, canceled a panel discussion on detransitioning. The conference organisers said, "When a topic becomes controversial, such as this one has turned on social media, there is a duty to make sure that the debate does not get out of control at the conference itself. After several days of considerations and reviewing feedback, the planning committee voted that the workshops, while valid, cannot be presented at the conference as planned".[16] In September 2017, Bath Spa University refused permission for James Caspian, a counsellor who specialises in transgender therapy, to undertake research relating to people who had decided to reverse their gender reassignment operations. Caspian alleged that the reason for the refusal was that it was, "a potentially politically incorrect piece of research [which] carries a risk to the university".[17][18]

Public and professional opinions[edit]

It is asserted that there is a lack of legal, medical and psychological assistance for those seeking to detransition.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Detransitioning: Going From Male To Female To Male Again". Vocativ. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Transitioning Back To One's Assigned Sex At Birth". The TransAdvocate. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  3. ^ McFadden, Joan (16 September 2017). "'Transition caused more problems than it solved'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Hertzog, Katie (28 June 2017). "The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren't". The Stranger. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Experience: I regret transitioning". The Guardian. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017. [better source needed]
  6. ^ Fogarty, Taylor (11 October 2017). "What two former trans men want you to know about al -the lies". The Federalist. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Bowen, Innes (1 August 2007). "Are sex change operations justified?". BBC. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Heyer, Walt (1 April 2015). "I Was a Transgender Woman". Public Discourse. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Schipp, Debbie (8 September 2017). "Patrick's pain: 'I didn't know who the person staring back at me was'". News Ltd. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Sex changes are not effective, say researchers". The Guardian. 
  11. ^ van de Grift, Tim C.; Elaut, Els; Cerwenka, Susanne C.; Cohen-Kettenis, Peggy T.; Kreukels, Baudewijntje P. C. (12 June 2017). "Surgical Satisfaction, Quality of Life, and Their Association After Gender-Affirming Surgery: A Follow-up Study". Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 44 (2): 138–148. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2017.1326190. Retrieved 4 September 2018. 
  12. ^ Hess, Jochen; Neto, Roberto Rossi; Panic, Leo; Rübben, Herbert; Senf, Wolfgang (21 November 2014). "Satisfaction With Male-to-Female Gender Reassignment Surgery". Deutsches Aerzteblatt Online. doi:10.3238/arztebl.2014.0795. PMID 25487762. Retrieved 4 September 2018. 
  13. ^ Papadopulos, Nikolaos A.; Lellé, Jean-Daniel; Zavlin, Dmitry; Herschbach, Peter; Henrich, Gerhard; Kovacs, Laszlo; Ehrenberger, Benjamin; Kluger, Anna-Katharina; Machens, Hans-Guenther; Schaff, Juergen (May 2017). "Quality of Life and Patient Satisfaction Following Male-to-Female Sex Reassignment Surgery". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 14 (5): 721–730. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.01.022. 
  14. ^ Borreli, Lizette (3 October 2017). "Transgender surgery: regret rates highest in male-to-female reassignment operations". Newsweek. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Shute, Joe (2 October 2017). "The new taboo: More people regret sex change and want to 'detransition', surgeon says". National Post. Postmedia. Retrieved 1 November 2017. Dr Miroslav Ðordevic says more people, particularly transgender women over 30, are asking for reversal surgery, yet their regrets remain taboo. 
  16. ^ "Response to the cancellation of workshops". Mazzoni Center. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "Bath Spa University 'blocks transgender research'". BBC. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  18. ^ Weale, Sally (26 September 2017). "University 'turned down politically incorrect transgender research'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  19. ^ Walt Heyer (16 November 2017). "While Three Transgenders Celebrate Election Victories, Detransitioners Tell A Different Story". The Federalist. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 

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