The Transformation of Transsexual Individuals

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Queenie Ngalob
Celito Tamban
Jerome Barrera
Paulette Nacpil
Edwin Canete
Mary Agnes Busuego
Michael Villa
Jaime Jorge Jr.
Marita Tolentino-Reyes
Laura Trajano-Acampado


The traditional binary classification of gender is repeatedly challenged throughout history with the presence of transgenders.  Under the umbrella of transgenderism is transsexualism which pertains to individuals who identify with or desire to become the opposite sex.  Transsexualism or Gender Dysphoria is classified as a medical condition under ICD 10 and DSM-5.  The proposed treatment is sex reassignment that includes all treatments carried out to adapt to the desired sex.  Sex reassignment involves a multidisciplinary approach wherein the psychiatrist or mental health practitioner, endocrinologist and surgeon play active roles.  Certain legal and ethical issues exist in the treatment of transsexualism.  This article provides a review of psychological, medical and surgical issues in the evaluation and treatment of Transgender individuals, with an Asian perspective, and in the context of an actual case.


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Ngalob, Q., Tamban, C., Barrera, J., Nacpil, P., Canete, E., Busuego, M. A., Villa, M., Jorge Jr., J., Tolentino-Reyes, M., & Trajano-Acampado, L. (2014). The Transformation of Transsexual Individuals. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies, 28(2), 151. Retrieved from
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