Female-to-male transgender quality of life
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We evaluated health-related quality of life in female-to-male (FTM) transgender individuals, using the Short-Form 36-Question Health Survey version 2 (SF-36v2).
Using email, Internet bulletin boards, and postcards, we recruited individuals to an Internet site (http://www.transurvey.org), which contained a demographic survey and the SF36v2. We enrolled 446 FTM transgender and FTM transsexual participants, of which 384 were from the US.
Analysis of quality of life health concepts demonstrated statistically significant (p<0.01) diminished quality of life among the FTM transgender participants as compared to the US male and female population, particularly in regard to mental health. FTM transgender participants who received testosterone (67%) reported statistically significant higher quality of life scores (p<0.01) than those who had not received hormone therapy.
FTM transgender participants reported significantly reduced mental health-related quality of life and require additional focus to determine the cause of this distress. Providing this community with the hormonal care they request is associated with improved quality of life.
Keywords:Female Female-to-male transgender Gender identity Internet Male Quality of life Transgender Transsexualism/psychology
Female-to-male (FTM) transgender participants were labeled female at birth and choose to identify as male
The Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA) is a US-based professional association for individuals that provide services to the transgender community
Health-related quality of life (QOL) is a way of defining the level of functioning and perceived well-being in an individual
The Short Form 36-Item Questionnaire version 2 (SF36v2) is a health-related quality of life measurement tool containing 36 questions, that cover 8 domains of physical and mental health
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