[Effect of sex reassignment on mental well-being and quality of life]

Duodecim. 2015;131(4):379-81.
[Article in Finnish]


Transgender people find their natal sex and the corresponding gender role unpleasant and alien, and wish to be able to live in the gender role and body of the other sex. Gender dysphoria is effectively alleviated by sex reassignment treatments. Quality of life is improved among the majority of patients, and regrets are rare. Psychiatric symptoms at the initiation of the transition process, discrimination, negative attitudes, losses in relationships, and complications in somatic treatments may deteriorate the social integration and quality of life of the transgender people. Health-care professionals can ease the transition process by organizing support for transgender individuals according to the same principles as they do for other people.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*
  • Sex Reassignment Surgery / psychology*
  • Transgender Persons / psychology*