, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 245-250

Sex reassignment: Male to female to male

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Abstract

A male patient planned and achieved sex-reassignment surgery which subsequently proved to have been performed prematurely. Postoperatively, the patient experienced a sudden change of conviction and was confronted with the realization that he could not live as a woman. Threatened by suicide, he finally found a resolution to his dilemma by reverting to the male role. Similar mistakes in the future can be avoided if patients are required to rehabilitate in the new gender role prior to the irreversible step of genital surgery.

Supported in research by a grant from the Erickson Educational Foundation and by grants 5K03-HD 18635 and 2R01-HD 00325, U.S.P.H.S. This paper was presented by Dr. Wolff at the Second International Symposium on Gender Identity in Elsinore, Denmark, September 1971, sponsored by the Erickson Educational Foundation.