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Table 5 Reasons for detransitioning

From: Individuals Treated for Gender Dysphoria with Medical and/or Surgical Transition Who Subsequently Detransitioned: A Survey of 100 Detransitioners

  Natal female N (%)
N = 69
Natal male N (%)
N = 31
Reasons for detransitioning*
My personal definition of female or male changed and I became more comfortable identifying as my natal sex 45 (65.2%) 15 (48.4%)
I was concerned about potential medical complications from transitioning 40 (58.0%) 9 (29.0%)
My mental health did not improve while transitioning 31 (44.9%) 11 (35.5%)
I was dissatisfied by the physical results of the transition/felt the change was too much 35 (50.7%) 5 (16.1%)
I discovered that my gender dysphoria was caused by something specific (ex, trauma, abuse, mental health condition) 28 (40.6%) 10 (32.3%)
My mental health was worse while transitioning 27 (39.1%) 9 (29.0%)
I was dissatisfied by the physical results of the transition/felt the change was not enough 22 (31.9%) 11 (35.5%)
I found more effective ways to help my gender dysphoria 25 (36.2%) 7 (22.6%)
My physical health was worse while transitioning 21 (30.4%) 11 (35.5%)
I felt discriminated against 12 (17.4%) 11 (35.5%)
I had medical complications from transitioning 12 (17.4%) 7 (22.6%)
Financial concerns about paying for transition care 11 (15.9%) 6 (19.4%)
My gender dysphoria resolved 10 (14.5%) 5 (16.1%)
My physical health did not improve while transitioning 9 (13.0%) 2 (6.5%)
I resolved the specific issue that was the cause of my gender dysphoria 6 (8.7%) 4 (12.9%)
I realized that my desire to transition was erotically motivated 1 (1.4%) 5(16.1%)
Other 19 (27.5%) 6 (19.4%)
  1. *May select more than one answer