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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

(Testosterone Cypionate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
gender dysphoria (8) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
6
Tried for
gender dysphoria (5) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)
2 more

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)

(Testosterone Cypionate)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (3 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling hot/overheating hair loss 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
gender dysphoria (8) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (4 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site pain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
gender dysphoria (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
gender dysphoria (5) depressed mood (2)
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 (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) lack of motivation 3 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (3)
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)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
agitation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sweating
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)
2 more
  • 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 51
30s 30
40s 9
50s 20
60s 9
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 76
20-29 years 7
30-39 years 2
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 52
Female 64

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 71
Not Diagnosed 24

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