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Causes of Transsexualism

Abstract: Little is known about the causes of transsexualism, but the gender identity seems to be given before birth and may have fysiological causes.

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Causes of Transsexualism

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Written by: Naomi Yoshishiro and Wendy Moelker, psykolog, Nederländerna.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 24 Aug 2008.

What are the causes of transsexualism?


Transsexualism is today defined as psychical disorder, but there are reasons to believe that also fysiological factors play a role, since transsexuals have memory of belonging to the opposite sex as early as they can remember.

A strong reason to believe that mental gender identity is decided already at birth is research on intersexuals (people born with the genitalia of both sexes) who have been given a gender by surgery soon after birth.

This does not preclude that transsexualism can appear as a psychosocial disorder. Both situations can in their most serious form cause much anxiety. The only possible treatment is regarded as surgery combined with hormone therapy.

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