The Transformation of Transsexual Individuals

  • Queenie Ngalob Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
  • Celito Tamban Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
  • Jerome Barrera Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
  • Paulette Nacpil Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
  • Edwin Canete Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
  • Mary Agnes Busuego Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
  • Michael Villa Diabetes, Thyroid and Endocrine Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City
  • Jaime Jorge Jr. Cosmetics and Sex Reassignment Surgery, Mary Chiles General Hospital
  • Marita Tolentino-Reyes National Ethics Committee & Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development – Department of Science and Technology
  • Laura Trajano-Acampado Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital

Abstract

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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Published
2014-05-25
How to Cite
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 https://asean-endocrinejournal.org/index.php/JAFES/article/view/69
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