Gender Dysphoria – on the radio.

This is a radio programme first broadcast on BBC Three Counties Radio round about the end of June 2014. Please be aware that due to its size, it will take in excess of 10 minutes to download.

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Gender Dysphoria

I've recently listened to a BBC Three Counties Radio programme entitled "Gender Dysphoria". It was presented by Toby Freedman and Doctor Chetna Tag. It had interviews with James Barrett from CX GIC, Samantha, a ts-lady one year into her transition, and Janet Scott who used to be the chair of the Beaumont Society. The programme is 35mb in size but it is compressed to 34mbs and saved with the ".7z" format as this seems to give the best compression. It plays for 58.57 minutes, and is an mp3 file.


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New guidelines

Two new guidelines for TS’s and medical practitioners.

Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual Persons

The aim was to formulate practice guidelines for endocrine treatment of transsexual persons by medical practitioners, endocrinologists, surgeons, psychiatrists, and General Practitioners. This is the current version even though it is dated 2009. 

First published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, September 2009, 94(9): 3132–3154


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Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual Persons - A Patient’s Guide

In 1923, the term transsexual was first used to describe persons who felt profound discomfort with their biological sex. Today, medical treatment, sometimes together with
surgery, allows transsexual persons to make a male-to-female (MTF) or female-to-male (FTM) transition and to live a gender-appropriate life.

This is the patient guide that was released at the same time as the "Endocrine Treatment
of Transsexual Persons". 

Dated September 2009.


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Largest Study to Date: Transgender Hormone Treatment Safe

Cross-sex hormone treatment of transgender adults leads to very few long-term side effects, according to the authors of the largest study to date to examine this issue.

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Staying Sane and Whole While in Transition.

Tripping the Light Fantastic: Staying Sane and Whole While in Transition

by Dallas Denny

Sex reassignment is one of the most radical and disruptive things that an individual can do. It strains and often severs social relationships, imposes economic hardships, involves a good deal of physical pain and a great deal of psychic pain, and requires study and hard work in order to even begin to hope to pass in the gender of choice. Transition must be pursued in the face of the general disapproval of society and the specific disapproval of loved ones, the reluctance of the medical community to provide services, a scarcity of resources, and countless legal and social obstacles. The body of one sex must be somehow whipped into the semblance of that of the opposite sex, generally after puberty has wreaked irreversible somatic changes. Old behavioural patterns must be unlearned and new ones added. A new life must replace the old.

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Why Suicide Has Become an Epidemic–and What We Can Do to Help

By Tony Dokoupil / May 23, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

When Thomas Joiner was 25 years old, his father—whose name was also Thomas Joiner and who could do anything—disappeared from the family’s home. At the time, Joiner was a graduate student at the University of Texas, studying clinical psychology. His focus was depression, and it was obvious to him that his father was depressed. Six weeks earlier, on a family trip to the Georgia coast, the gregarious 56-year-old—the kind of guy who was forever talking and laughing and bending people his way—was sullen and withdrawn, spending days in bed, not sick or hungover, not really sleeping.

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Caring and transgender people.

Transgender or “trans” are terms used to describe people who don’t conform to the traditional genders of male or female.

“Trans” can include cross-dressers, people who wear a mix of clothing, people with a dual or no gender identity, and transsexual people.

Practicalities for trans carers or carers of trans people

Trans people who live permanently in their preferred gender often face immense difficulties throughout their lives, with family and friends, carers, employers and sometimes government bodies and health and care providers.

Trans people may have particular needs regarding privacy, for example, because they may fear that transitioning to their acquired gender may put their career at risk.

Some who transitioned many years ago “pass” in public life as non-trans people, while others living permanently in their new gender are clearly trans people to those they communicate with.

Trans people often have complex gender identities and assumptions should not be made about an individual’s identity. It is always best to ask if you are not sure.

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Post-op Care.

This file is a transcription of a patient instruction sheet that was distributed by Dr. Michel Seghers of Belgium. It would be typically given out to SRS patients as guidance for follow-up care. It contains specific information about dilation and appears to be of a generic nature based on the inclusion of other surgeon’s names. It is reproduced here to be of an informative nature to pre-operative patients to indicate one aspect of personal care that will have to be incorporated into a daily routine for an indefinite period of time. It is not meant to override the instructions of a specific surgeon that may have different guidelines. The text was distributed in 1992.

After that are some comments that elaborate on items in the text. These are meant to be general in nature and hopefully will be found helpful in learning about one aspect of personal care. They can also provide topics for discussion with professionals when there are any doubts about proper health maintenance.

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Coming out for transgender people.

Coming out can be a difficult process. Many transgender people worry about how other people will react and how they’ll treat them once they find out.

For many people, coming out means that they can be honest about how they feel and not hide that part of themselves.

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Hormone therapy associated with MI in male-to-female transsexuals

Copenhagen, Denmark – New data from a large gender-identity unit have shown that hormone therapy taken by transsexuals is associated with a higher cardiovascular mortality rate among transsexual women (male to female [M2F]) but not men (female to male [F2M]) 1. Both, however, had a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes than the general population.

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Does vitamin C work for preventing and treating colds?

A study was recently published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.1 Here’s why it matters.

The common cold is common. There are over 200 different viruses that can cause them. It’s a major cause of missing both work and school and the leading cause of acute morbidity and doctor visits in high-income countries. And because colds are caused by viruses, antibiotics don’t help, but that does not stop the quest for a cure. Using vitamin C became particularly popular in the 1970s, when Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling gave vitamin C for colds his seal of approval, on the basis of early placebo-controlled trials.2

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