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Open Access 09-05-2024 | Dysthymic Disorder | REVIEW

Sexual Function After Gender Affirming Surgery

Authors: Amine Sahmoud, Alicia R. Castellanos, Jessica Abou Zeki, Rachel Pope

Published in: Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports | Issue 2/2024

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

Sexual function and satisfaction in the transgender community is a nascent field with a paucity of data due to the fast paced nature of improving upon surgical technique and variety of patient experiences. The authors aim to review the current literature for areas of success as well as areas of improvement in order to better the sexual health of the transgender community.

Recent Findings

Gender dysphoria is a feeling of distress experienced by those whose gender assigned at birth is not in line with their gender identity. While social transition to the desired gender can suffice for some, medical and surgical interventions are often sought out to achieve gender euphoria, the decrease or absence of gender dysphoria. Often, issues with sexual function and satisfaction can trigger gender dysphoria, especially prior to social, medical, or surgical transition.

Summary

Surgical genital gender affirmation has been the most studied in terms of sexual function and improvement of gender dysphoria. Surgical complications, hormonal changes, and other organic causes of sexual dysfunction can still interfere with one’s overall sexual satisfaction. A validated measure of sexual function for trans men and trans women is needed to better assess outcomes.
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Metadata
Title
Sexual Function After Gender Affirming Surgery
Authors
Amine Sahmoud
Alicia R. Castellanos
Jessica Abou Zeki
Rachel Pope
Publication date
09-05-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports / Issue 2/2024
Electronic ISSN: 2161-3303
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13669-024-00390-1

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