Gender Dysphoria | Glendale, CA
What is gender dysphoria?
Some people don’t feel comfortable in the sex, body, and persona that is their biology. This is known as gender dysphoria. Despite having the physical traits of one sex, say a penis and chest hair for a man, the person could feel that he is actually a female.
Gender dysphoria leads to feelings of being in the wrong body. This can cause depression, anxiety, even distress. These feelings can become strong enough to become almost overwhelming at school, work, or in social settings.
What is the difference between gender dysphoria and gender identity
Gender identity disorder was the term formerly used to describe gender dysphoria. It is no longer used because of the mismatch between a person’s body traits and their internal sense of gender is not a mental illness.
What are the symptoms of having gender dysphoria?
A person with gender dysphoria can be clinically diagnosed with the condition if they show symptoms for at least six months. The symptoms can vary somewhat between children and adults.
In children, these are possible symptoms of gender dysphoria:
- Strongly preferring friends of the sex with which they identify
- Consistently saying they are the opposite sex of what their physical traits are
- Rejecting the clothing, toys, and games usually consistent with their sex
- Saying they want to get rid of their genitals and have those of their true sex
- Refusing to urinate in the way others boys or girls typically do
- Believing that, although they have the traits of one sex, they will grow up to be an adult as the other sex
- Having extreme distress about the body changes occurring during puberty
In teenagers and adults, these are possible symptoms of gender dysphoria:
- Certainty that their true gender does not match their body
- xDisgust with their genitals to the degree of avoiding sex, showering, or other behaviors that would involve touching their genitals
- Strong desire to be rid of their genitals and other sex traits
What happens if gender dysphoria is undiagnosed or left untreated?
Having gender dysphoria aligns with a high rate of mental health conditions. It is estimated that almost three-quarters of those with gender dysphoria will have some mental health issue in their lifetime. These include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, eating disorders, and suicide attempts. All of these point to the importance of diagnosis and treatment.
Do I have to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria to receive hormone therapy?
Yes, to move on to hormone therapy to help develop traits of the sex they identify with, patients must have exhibited symptoms for at least six months. They must receive a diagnosis from both their doctor and a mental health evaluation from a provider with expertise in transgender health.
Does insurance cover my hormone therapy?
Most insurance plans do cover this treatment, along with the medical evaluations. However, insurance plans vary widely, so it’s best to check with your provider. At Avalon Gender Affirmation Program, we work with your insurance company to facilitate the highest level of coverage.