For Schafer, life only really started once she transitioned. “Mostly everything before I transitioned is a blur,” she told Harper’s Bazaar, in a recent profile. Schafer was born biologically female, but came to identify as transgender after seeing a documentary about the topic as a teenager. After carefully and thoughtfully planning her transition, Schafer finally made the change in her late twenties – and her life has never been the same.
What is Transsexualism?
Transsexualism is a gender identity disorder in which a person’s physical and/or psychological characteristics do not match the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, someone who was born a female may feel like they are male, or vice versa. Transsexuals often experience extreme dysphoria or distress because their body does not match their gender identity.
The diagnosis of transsexualism is made when a person has exhibited persistent and persistent cross-gender identification for at least two years. The criteria also require significant distress or impairment caused by this condition. There is no cure for transsexualism, but treatments can help ease the symptoms.
transsexuals face many challenges in society. Most people are unfamiliar with transgender issues, which can make it difficult to find work, housing, or social support. Many trans individuals also experience discrimination and violence due to their gender identity. Transsexuals have fought long and hard for legal recognition of their rights, and they continue to make progress towards equality in society.
How Does Transition Affect a Person’s Life?
Transitioning is a long and often difficult process, but it can have a profound impact on the lives of transsexuals. Many transsexuals find that their lives change for the better after they transition, and they are able to live happier, more fulfilling lives. Here are some of the ways that transition can improve a person’s life:
- Transsexuals who transition generally feel much more comfortable in their own skin. After Transitioning, many transsexuals report feeling more confident and happy in their own bodies. This newfound self-confidence can make TRANSITIONING itself easier, as it reduces the amount of anxiety and stress that may have been associated with the process.
- Transsexuals who transition often find that their relationships improve. A study published in The Journal of Sex Research found that 79% of transgender people surveyed reported an improvement in their relationship status after transitioning. This is likely due to the fact that many transgender individuals struggle to find acceptance from friends and family members before they transition, but once they do, their relationships tend to be much stronger because they now feel understood and supported.
- Transsexuals who transition generally enjoy increased mental health stability and quality of life. Studies have consistently shown that those who undergo gender reassignment surgery have improved mental health outcomes compared to those who don’t. This is likely due to several factors: firstly, gender reassignment surgery helps transsexuals feel more comfortable in their own bodies
How do I know if I am Transgender?
If you have had thoughts or feelings about being the opposite gender for a period of at least two years, and if those thoughts or feelings are not attributable to an emotional problem, then you may be transgender. Transgender is an umbrella term that includes people who identify as the opposite gender from the one they were assigned at birth.
Unlike homosexuality, which is largely based on personal feeling and does not require any medical diagnosis, being transgender does require some sort of diagnosis from a mental health professional. The diagnostic criteria for diagnosing transgender vary, but generally it requires that someone has had persistent and recurrent thoughts or feelings about being the opposite gender for at least two years.
There is no single right way to transition into the correct gender identity. Transitioning can include anything from changing your name and presenting yourself in a different way to hormone therapy and surgery. It is important to remember that there is no single right path for everyone and that what works best for one person may not work best for another.
There are many resources available to help people transition into their desired gender identity, including online forums, support groups, and therapists. If you are considering transitioning, it is important to talk with your doctor first to ensure that the transition is safe and appropriate for your individual circumstances.
What are the Physical Effects of Transitioning?
Physical Effects of Transitioning
There are a few physical effects that can occur after transitioning, but the most common are changes in sex hormones. Transgender people who transition typically take testosterone to masculinize their bodies and estrogen to feminize their bodies. This can cause changes in hair growth, muscle mass, fat distribution, and bone density. Additionally, transgender people may experience changes in their menstrual cycles and fertility.
Additionally, many transgender people undergo surgery to alter their appearance. This can include hormone therapy and plastic surgery to change facial features, breast augmentation or reduction, genital reconstruction surgery (including mastectomy), and more. Surgery is not always necessary or desired, but it can have a significant impact on transgender people’s physical selves.
Physical effects of transitioning can vary depending on the individual. While some people experience no physical changes, others may experience a variety of changes including: increased energy, improved moods and sleeping patterns, decreased anxiety and depression levels, increased self-confidence and self-esteem, enhanced sex life, redistribution of body fat, and more.
No two transitions are alike, so it is important to discuss any potential physical effects with a healthcare provider before beginning the transition process.
Emotional Effects of Transitioning.
Transitioning is a big decision, and it can have a lot of emotional effects. Below are some common emotions that people feel during and after transition:
1) Fear. Many transgender people live in fear of dysphoria – the uncomfortable feeling of being in the wrong body. When they finally decide to transition, many face intense fear that their body will never be “right.” This can be a very debilitating emotion, leading to problems with sleep, concentration, and overall well-being.
2) Elation. After years of hiding who they are, many transgender people feel elated when they finally get the courage to tell their friends and family about their transition. They may also experience feelings of relief and empowerment as they take steps towards living as their true selves.
3) Guilt. For some transgender people, transitioning involves making huge changes to their lives – changes that may well not be possible or practical. This can lead to feelings of guilt for putting so much pressure on oneself, as well as worries about what other people will think once they learn the truth about someone’s identity.