Follow-Up of Sex Reassignment Surgery in Transsexuals: A Brazilian Cohort

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This study examined the impact of sex reassignment surgery on the satisfaction with sexual experience, partnerships, and relationship with family members in a cohort of Brazilian transsexual patients. A group of 19 patients who received sex reassignment between 2000 and 2004 (18 male-to-female, 1 female-to-male) after a two-year evaluation by a multidisciplinary team, and who agreed to participate in the study, completed a written questionnaire. Mean age at entry into the program was 31.21±8.57 years and mean schooling was 9.2±1.4 years. None of the patients reported regret for having undergone the surgery. Sexual experience was considered to have improved by 83.3% of the patients, and became more frequent for 64.7% of the patients. For 83.3% of the patients, sex was considered to be pleasurable with the neovagina/neopenis. In addition, 64.7% reported that initiating and maintaining a relationship had become easier. The number of patients with a partner increased from 52.6% to 73.7%. Family relationships improved in 26.3% of the cases, whereas 73.7% of the patients did not report a difference. None of the patients reported worse relationships with family members after sex reassignment. In conclusion, the overall impact of sex reassignment surgery on this cohort of patients was positive.

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Lobato, M.I., Koff, W.J., Manenti, C. et al. Follow-Up of Sex Reassignment Surgery in Transsexuals: A Brazilian Cohort. Arch Sex Behav 35, 711–715 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-006-9074-y

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Keywords

  • Sex reassignment surgery
  • Transsexualism
  • Gender identity disorder
  • Sexuality
  • Brazil