A Systematic Review of the Psychological Benefits of Gender-Affirming Surgery

Jeremy A. Wernick*, Samantha Busa, Kareen Matouk, Joey Nicholson, Aron Janssen

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Abstract

For individuals with gender dysphoria, gender-affirming surgeries (GAS) are one means of reducing the significant distress associated with primary and secondary sex characteristics misaligned with their gender identity. This article uses a systematic review to examine the existing literature on the psychological benefits of GAS. Findings from this review indicate that GAS can lead to multiple, significant improvements in psychological functioning. Methodological differences in the literature demonstrate the need for additional research to draw more definitive conclusions about the psychological benefits of GAS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-486
Number of pages12
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gender dysphoria
  • Gender-affirming surgery
  • Mental health
  • Transgender health
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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