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Transgenders mostly do not regret decision

by Redaktie in Scene , 09 February 2019

Dit artikel is ook in het Nederlands beschikbaar

The transgender interest groups Transvisie and Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) emphasize that regret among transgender people is very rare.

By giving this statement, they are responding to the Zembla (BNN/VARA) TV programme on transgender people regretting their decision. Transvisie and TNN want to prevent transgender people and their environment from being unjustly afraid of regrets.

"Fortunately, it rarely happens that a transgender person regrets a transition," notes President of Transvisie Lisa van Ginneken. The little research that is available, conforms this.

Research by the Kennis- en Zorgcentrum Genderdysforie of the Amsterdam teaching hospital UMC reports that only 0.5% of people who have had sex reassignment surgery regretted this decision. This figure is not substantiated, but does tally with other research. Twelve clinics in the United States that have been compared in a study report comparable low rates of regret.

It turns out that there is no difference in whether a psychologist has a gatekeeper role, as is the case in the Netherlands, or whether a more concise form of screening is being used, as in the American clinics of the aforementioned study. "So let us not extend entry controls for medical treatment even further, for fear of regret," says TNN President Brand Berghouwer.

"Regret should not be confused with experimenting. A search for your gender identity is a process, not a project with a fixed outcome. Experiments and examinations are part of this process. Having regrets as well, Lisa van Ginneken notes. In order to minimize the chance of regret, Transvisie and TNN advocate giving transgender people as much space as possible to experiment with how they express their gender. Naturally it is important to determine beforehand that, irrespective of irreversible medical treatments, someone has actually completed the experimental phase.

Transvisie and TNN regularly point out the importance of self-determination to the Dutch government and care providers in transgender care. If transgender people would be allowed to decide for themselves whether medical treatments are wanted, customization and good guidance will increasingly come first. COC Netherlands concurs with the comments of Transvisie and TNN.



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