Gender dysphoria

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What is gender dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria is defined by following characteristics: desire to be the other sex, preference for cross-dressing, persistent fantasies of being the other sex, desire to live or be treated as the other sex, and belief that the person has the typical feelings/reactions of the opposite sex.

Common symptoms reported by people with gender dysphoria

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with gender dysphoria

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
gender dysphoria (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Testosterone Cypionate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
gender dysphoria (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5
Tried for
gender dysphoria (4) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
gender dysphoria (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Proscar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
gender dysphoria (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)

Data from patients with gender dysphoria, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with gender dysphoria

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Don't remember Injection site pain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
gender dysphoria (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Testosterone Cypionate)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Feeling hot Sweating increased
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
gender dysphoria (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Lack of motivation Lethargy 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
gender dysphoria (4) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Difficulty falling asleep 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Frequent urination
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
gender dysphoria (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Blurry vision
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Proscar)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
gender dysphoria (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with gender dysphoria, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has gender dysphoria on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 44
30s 27
40s 10
50s 17
60s 7
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 71
20-29 years 7
30-39 years 2
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

53% Female
47% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 63
Not Diagnosed 23

These charts show data from gender dysphoria patients who have completed their condition history
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