Saturday, April 25, 2015

How Transgender Surgery And Hormones Affect The Body.

Bruce Jenner joins a number of transgender celebs who have been outspoken about their experiences.

From left to right: Chaz Bono, Ian Harvie, Laverne Cox, Andreja Pejic, Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Tambor (who portrays a transgender woman on the Amazon show "Transparent", Alexis Arquette, and Jazz Jennings.(Photo: Getty Images; Everett Collection; Graphic by Jared Harrell for Yahoo Health)
Gender confirmation, the preferred term among the transgender community for what is also known as "gender reassignment" or a "sex change," is the process of transitioning from one gender to another.

Gender confirmation is typically a preferred treatment when someone has gender dysphoria, a condition where there is a conflict between a person's physical gender and the gender with which they identify.

But the formal gender confirmation process doesn't happen overnight. According to guidelines set by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health(WPATH), patients undergo several months of psychological therapy and may also utilize hormone therapy to block the sex hormones naturally produced by their bodies and introduce new hormones of their preferred gender.

Once they have undergone the required amount of therapy and their doctor has decided they meet the right requirements, they're able to get a note that they can take to a surgeon to perform gender confirmation surgery.

Patients may then go through a number of surgeries on their face, body, and genitalia to reflect outside how they feel inside.

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