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Study: Transgender Suicide Risk Doubles After ‘Gender-Affirming’ Vaginoplasty

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A study of transgender individuals in California found that among men who underwent vaginoplasty (removal of penis to construct a vagina), the rate of suicide attempts doubled after surgery, whereas for women who had phalloplasty (construction of a penis), the suicide attempt rate was similar to the general population.

The study examined data on over 800 men who had vaginoplasty and over 350 women who had phalloplasty from 2012 to 2018.

“Although the overall proportion of those experiencing a psychiatric encounter was similar between the vaginoplasty and phalloplasty groups, suicide attempts were more common in the vaginoplasty group,” the research stated.

It found 22-21% of subjects from both groups experienced psychiatric encounters, but suicide attempts were more common after vaginoplasty, with the rate more than double that of the general population.

In fact, “The vaginoplasty group’s rate is more than double that of the general population,” the study said.

While psychiatric issues were present both before and after gender-affirming surgery, the results suggest vaginoplasty may be associated with increased risk of suicide attempts afterward.

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