Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Highlights Gender dysphoria describes the distress and discomfort a person feels when their gender identity doesn’t match their assigned sex at birth. Transgender people and other gender-diverse people can experience gender dysphoria. Diagnosis of gender dysphoria requires the presence of two or more of the clinically significant symptoms defined within the DSM-5. Gender-affirming care and…

Can Sexual Orientation Change After Transition?

Highlights  Sexual orientation describes your physical, romantic, or emotional attraction to other people.  Research shows that sexual orientation can change after a transgender person transitions. Research supports the idea that sexual orientation and gender are more fluid than fixed for many people.  Transgender people may be more likely to experience changes in sexual orientation after…

ESSM: A New Fertility Option for Transgender Women?

Highlights  Transgender women often struggle with fertility issues as a result of long-term hormonal therapies. Fertility options for transgender women include “natural” conception, sperm cryopreservation, and microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (microTESE). The extended sperm search and microfreeze (ESSM) procedure allows providers to find and preserve sperm in people with low sperm counts who were unsuccessful…

What Does Intersex Mean?: The ‘I’ in LGBTQIA+

Highlights   Intersex is a general term that describes bodies that do not fit within traditional male/female sex categories. There is a wide variety of intersex traits, including differences in genitalia, internal reproductive anatomy, hormones, and chromosomes.  Being intersex is not a disease or a medical problem.  Intersex surgeries performed in early childhood can have lasting…

Can COVID Cause ED?

Highlights Research has established a connection between COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with existing cardiovascular conditions are at an increased risk for developing ED after a COVID-19 infection. Chronic stress and anxiety related to COVID may also contribute to ED. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Most men with ED…

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