Body image in trans adolescents and adults before and after transition treatment

For trans people, the issue of body image can be complicated by the misconceptions of others. Those who don’t understand gender dysphoria – or don’t want to – may provide rather straightforward and obvious advice that they consider helpful, like the commonplace exhortation to “love yourself!” This advice, however well-meaning, reduces our experience of gender-specific dissonance to more general issues with self-esteem and self-confidence.

It also ignores what does help us with our body image: transitioning.

Multiple studies have shown that transition treatment in both trans youth and trans adults improves our overall body image, sense of bodily congruence, and satisfaction with the appearance of specific body parts (Bandini et al., 2013; Fisher et al., 2014; Isung et al., 2017; Cohen-Kettenis & van Goozen, 1997; de Vries et al., 2014). And a new wide-ranging study across all genders, ages, and stages of transition has further confirmed these findings (Becker et al., 2018).

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About Zinnia Jones

My work focuses on insights to be found across transgender healthcare, public health, psychiatry, and history of medicine, integrating these many perspectives and guided by the lived experiences of trans people. I live in Orlando with my family, and work mainly in technical writing.
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