Gender-affirming surgery benefits long-term mental health: study

Hormonal treatment alone in people with gender incongruence does not seem to be as effective

When transgender people undergo sex-reassignment surgery, their mental health keeps improving for years afterwards, a study suggests.

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Swedish and Yale researchers examined 2015 mental health data for the entire Swedish population to see whether having hormone treatment or gender-affirming surgery improved outcomes for people with a diagnosis of gender incongruence.

Over the preceding decade, 2679 people had received a diagnosis of gender incongruence out of the total population of 9.7 million.

For the 48% of