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Apr 18, 2024

Does Medical Transitioning Lower the Risk of Suicide? 

Would you rather have a live son or a dead daughter? 

Medical and surgical transitioning won’t fix these problems. If anything, they are likely to make them worse in the long-term. 

The claim that medical transitioning is necessary to prevent suicide is not supported by high quality evidence.

  1. Greta R. Bauer et al., “Intervenable Factors Associated with Suicide Risk in Transgender Persons: A Respondent Driven Sampling Study in Ontario, Canada,” BMC Public Health 15, no. 1 (June 2, 2015): 525, ↩︎
  2. Cecilia Dhejne et al., “Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden,” PLOS ONE 6, no. 2 (February 22, 2011): e16885, ↩︎
  3. Richard Bränström et al., “Transgender-Based Disparities in Suicidality: A Population-Based Study of Key Predictions from Four Theoretical Models,” Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 52, no. 3 (2022): 401–12, ↩︎
  4. Kai Dallas et al., “Mp04-20 Rates of Psychiatric Emergencies before and after Gender Affirming Surgery,” Journal of Urology 206, no. Supplement 3 (September 2021): e74–75,  ↩︎
  5. Inês Rafael Marques et al., “The Impact of Gender-Affirming Surgeries on Suicide-Related Outcomes: A Systematic Review,” Journal of Psychosexual Health 5, no. 3 (July 1, 2023): 134–44, ↩︎
  6. Sami-Matti Ruuska et al., “All-Cause and Suicide Mortalities among Adolescents and Young Adults Who Contacted Specialised Gender Identity Services in Finland in 1996–2019: A Register Study,” BMJ Ment Health 27, no. 1 (January 1, 2024), ↩︎