“What we know and don’t know about gender dysphoria.”

Mostly, we don’t know.

Why not?

Diagnosing and treating people with gender dysphoria only began in the 1950s. Initially, the treatment, “sex change,” was done very quietly on a small number of people. After surgery, people left to live in their new gender. They kept their past a secret and there was very little follow-up.

In addition, gender dysphoria is a rare condition, affecting less than 1% of the population.

But these are excuses. Scientists study extremely rare and obscure diseases all the time. We have had over 40 years to study gender dysphoria.

The real reason we don’t know more about gender dysphoria is that society does not care enough about trans people.

There are and have been, caring doctors and scientists who have done research in the area. There are not enough of them, however, and not enough money dedicated to answering basic questions.

We need research that looks at how to better care for people with gender dysphoria. By now we should already know what dosages of hormones are best and what the side effects are; we do not. We should know what treatments work best and for whom. We should be looking for better treatments than the ones we have.

This blog, Trans Research, is a collection of articles, reviews, and links related to gender dysphoria. It looks at the research we have and calls for more.

This blog is not political. Comments are not enabled as I do not have time to review them or respond to them.

The articles here are by George Davis unless it says otherwise.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Loren Josie

    I am transgender, my identical twin is not. I desperately want to be in touch with other people like me. Please help get me in contact with people like myself

    1. George Davis Post author

      I don’t know any transgender twins. However, if anyone who is a transgender twin sees this, perhaps they can also comment here.

      Nicole Maines is a famous transgender twin who has been in the news; perhaps you can find a way to contact her through her book publishers.

      1. Tess

        I’m looking for more sets of trans twins. I’m cis my di-di twin is trans. reply if you or any other set of trans twins sees this.

  2. Jaunty K.

    Very thorough blog! I’m a pre-medical student planning to conduct primary research into trans health as soon as I’m in a position to do so. Am in the meanwhile researching for a review article and discovered your blog. I’ve been digging to find a way to contact you directly (since you’re so well-informed about issues and questions I hope soon to be working towards answering, you seem a very good contact to have), but no such luck. I suspect you’re likely busy, but if you’re ever interested in some potentially interesting discussions, please let me know.

    1. George Davis Post author

      Thank you. I’m very glad to hear you’re planning to do more research in this area. I would be happy to talk to you, if we can figure out how to get in touch.


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