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
9
Tried for
gender dysphoria (9) 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)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
gender dysphoria (4)

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 (4 evaluations)
Side effects
body odor change in skin texture 10 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
gender dysphoria (9) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (4 evaluations)
Side effects
emotional lability increased sex drive (libido) 2 more
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)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased appetite 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sweating
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
slowed reaction time slowed thinking
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps diarrhea 7 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for gender dysphoria (5 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
gender dysphoria (4)
  • 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 11
20s 62
30s 42
40s 19
50s 24
60s 13
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 97
20-29 years 8
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 62
Female 98

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 95
Not Diagnosed 29

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