Follow-up study of transsexuals after sex-reassignment surgery

W F Tsoi
Singapore Medical Journal 1993, 34 (6): 515-7

INTRODUCTION: This is a follow-up study of 45 male and 36 female sex reassigned transsexuals.

METHOD: The subjects were interviewed before and 1 to 8 years following sex reassignment surgery.

RESULTS: When first seen the males (mean age 23.8 years) were slightly younger than females (mean age 24.9 years). The males had less education and held lower level jobs. They started their sexual life about 1-2 years earlier, but they cross-dressed 4-7 years later than the females. The follow-up results showed that 35% were married and all of them had no problems adjusting to their new life. The overall results were 56% very good and 44% good. There is no pre-operative variables that can predict good adjustments for female transsexuals. For male transsexuals, earlier age of transsexual manifestation was related to good post-operative adjustments.

DISCUSSION: The females were less satisfied with the surgery, but they adjusted well as the males. The results were comparable with those from previous studies.

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