Study: Hormone level in transgender individuals consistent with biological gender

According to Univadis, a US study has refuted the out-dated belief that the hormone level leads to transgender identity. According to the results, the hormone level of transgender individuals is normal and consistent with their biological gender. The study was published in the “Journal of Adolescent Health.”

Here are the details from Univadis:

Researchers from the Transyouth Centre in Los Angeles (California) conducted the study in 101 transgender adolescents. They assessed the participants’ hormone levels and lifestyle. “We’ve now put to rest the residual belief that transgender experience is a result of a hormone imbalance”, emphasised lead author Johanna Olsen.

Moreover, the study showed that transgender men were far more likely (94 per cent) to act out their male gender role than transgender women their female identity (just over half). On average, they disclosed their gender discrepancy at the age of 17.1 years. But the participants had already noticed about ten years earlier that they lived in the “wrong” body. Ten per cent considered themselves as being neither male nor female.

The fact that life is frequently difficult for transgender individuals is shown by a higher than average likelihood of being overweight and abusing drugs. Furthermore, the participants were three to four times more likely to experience depression than other adolescents. Half of them reported having considered suicide.

Now the scientists want to study how safe and effective clinical interventions such as hormone therapies are for transgender individuals. “My goal is to move kids who are having a gender atypical experience from survive to thrive”, says Olsen.

I’ll have more on this in a post later today titled, “Johns Hopkins psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘mental disorder’ and sex change is ‘biologically impossible’.”

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