Hundreds of Transgenders Now Regret Gender Reassignment Surgery, Trans Advocate Says
Young people who 'changed sex' as teens are now regretting the move as they switch back
"Hundreds" of young transgender people, who were given gender reassignment surgery when they were younger, are now coming forward saying they regret going through the sex change procedure, according to a leading trans rights advocate.
Transgender rights campaigner Charlie Evans, 28, says an alarming number of people who have transitioned from their biological gender now want to undo their surgery.
Evans, 28, from Newcastle, UK, was born female but "identified" as male for almost ten years.
She has now deciding to revert back to her born gender, however, and become a woman again.
Evans says "hundreds" of people have contacted her saying they also regret the change and want to return to the born-gender, including 30 in Newcastle alone.
She says after going public with her decision last year, most trans people who contact her are now asking for guidance around de-transitioning - the process of becoming the gender they were born.
"I'm in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn't, and their dysphoria hasn't been relieved, they don't feel better for it," Ms. Evans told Sky News.
The people who get in contact with her are usually in their 20s, "mostly same-sex attracted" and often autistic, she added.
'Hundreds' of young trans people seeking help to return to original sex.— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 5, 2019
Charlie Evans, who has detransitioned, tells Sky News she has been contacted by hundreds of people seeking advice.
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One 21-year-old woman, who identified as male from the age of 13, reached out to Ms. Evans because transitioning did not help her gender dysphoria.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said: "There is a system of saying, 'okay here's your hormones, here's your surgery, off you go.'
"I don't think that's helpful for anyone."
She was due to have her breast removal surgery this summer but started having doubts in May before deciding to de-transition by stop taking testosterone and cancel the procedure.
Ms. Evans is now setting up The Detransition Advocacy Network to help people who feel the same way she did.
Scientists.— Charlie Evans (@charlie_sci) September 14, 2019
We know that there is no such thing as a boy brain or a girl brain or that you can be born with the wrong one. We know hormone blockers are unsafe because we need testosterone and oestrogen for development.
We need to #BeBrave, and stand together.#scicomm #STEM pic.twitter.com/dgqpUNoBWd
The science journalist has previously tweeted: "We know that there is no such thing as a boy brain or a girl brain or that you can be born with the wrong one.
"We know hormone blockers are unsafe because we need testosterone and oestrogen for development.
"We need to #BeBrave, and stand together."
Data is not currently collected showing how many transgender people come to regret their decision but the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust - which offers gender identity services for children as young as three - says it is "rarely seen."
In a statement, a trust spokesperson said: "Decisions about physical interventions made in our care are arrived at after a thorough exploration process.
"While some of our patients may decide not to pursue physical treatment or drop out of treatment, the experience of regret described here is rarely seen."