gender-affirming surgery correlates to significantly improved mental health

Wednesday, new research out of Harvard Medical School demonstrates that gender-affirming surgery correlates to significantly improved mental health.

According to the authors, transgender people with a history of gender-affirming surgery had significantly lower odds of past-month psychological distress, past-year tobacco smoking, and past-year suicidal ideation compared with transgender people with no history of gender-affirming surgery.

One factor that might influence results is that fact that surgical candidates have more intensive psychological counseling than transgender individuals who are not seeking the procedure.

Another variable that the authors of the study include is financial status. Transgender individuals who have the surgery have more economic resources than transgender individuals who do not have surgery. In the image below, the left column represents persons who have not undergone surgery. The right column represents persons who have had surgery:

Economic variables associated with gender-affirming surgery

More research is definitely required. Furthermore, given the positive mental health outcomes, more people need to have economic access to gender-affirming surgery.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.