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Having Same-Sex Parents Won't Affect Kids' Gender Identity: Study

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – Same-sex couples are unlikely to influence the gender identity of their adoptive children one way or another, a new study finds. Starting with preschool, researchers tracked the gender identity development of kids from 106 lesbian, gay or heterosexual families. "Parental sexual orientation and family type did not affect children's gender conformity or nonconformity in any significant way," said study author Rachel Farr of the University of Kentucky. At the start of the study, parents filled out questionnaires. The researchers also observed the preschoolers' play and the toys they used. The children were then interviewed five years later. The researchers found that in most cases children displayed behavior and play styles commonly associated with their birth gender, and those patterns were established in early childhood. Family structure was far less associated ... Read more

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Majority of U.S. Parents Would Support Teen Switching Gender: Survey

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds. Women, college graduates and Northeast residents were slightly more likely than others to support kids who made this choice, according to the Harris Poll survey. It was commissioned by the American Osteopathic Association. "Trans children are living in a body that doesn't match how they view themselves," said Dr. Laura Arrowsmith, a transgender specialist in Oklahoma City, Okla. "To address the 'dysphoria', some may wish to transition socially or to medically transition through gender-confirmation surgery and/or hormone treatment," she said in an association news release. More than 2,100 adults participated in the online survey, conducted in June. Fifty-three percent of the respondents said they would ... Read more

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U.S. Transgender Surgeries Up 20 Percent in 2 Years

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Until Gearah Goldstein fully transitioned her gender, being female housed in a male body felt like a hunger she couldn't satisfy. A vital part of Goldstein's transition involved multiple gender confirmation surgeries several years ago that aligned her appearance with the person she's always felt like inside. Goldstein's experience highlights a growing trend among transgender people in the United States, who increasingly opt for various surgeries not only to alter their genitalia, but other sex-specific features, such as chest and facial contours. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports a nearly 20 percent jump in transgender-related surgeries in the first two years of collecting data on these procedures. "The findings highlight how important this type of corrective surgery really is," said Goldstein, 49, who lives in Chicago and works as an ... Read more

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Study Sees Link Between Porn and Sexual Dysfunction

Posted 12 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – Young men who prefer pornography to real-world sexual encounters might find themselves caught in a trap, unable to perform sexually with other people when the opportunity presents itself, a new study reports. Porn-addicted men are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and are less likely to be satisfied with sexual intercourse, according to survey findings presented Friday at the American Urological Association's annual meeting, in Boston. For the study, researchers surveyed 312 men, aged 20 to 40, who visited a San Diego urology clinic for treatment. Only 3.4 percent of the men said they preferred masturbating to pornography over sexual intercourse, the survey found. But the researchers found a statistical relationship between porn addiction and sexual dysfunction, said lead researcher Dr. Matthew Christman. He is a staff urologist with the Naval ... Read more

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Most Patients Not Shy About Revealing Sexual Orientation

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – Far more patients than expected are willing to reveal their sexual orientation when they visit the emergency room, a new study finds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Academy of Medicine recommend routine collection of sexual orientation information in health care settings. In 2015, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered electronic health record companies to allow for it. But few hospitals routinely collect that information, no clear guidelines say how it should done, and many have warned that patients would resist. The new study underscores deep differences in how health care providers and patients view the issue. Nearly 8 out of 10 providers surveyed nationwide thought patients would decline to reveal their sexual orientation. Just over 10 percent of patients said they would refuse. The study was published ... Read more

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Few Military Doctors Well-Trained in Transgender Care: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Transgender people serving in the U.S. military may be hard-pressed to find a doctor who's knowledgeable about their needs, a new study suggests. Surveying 180 military doctors and other care providers, researchers found few were adequately trained to prescribe cross-hormone therapy for "gender dysphoria" – strong feelings of identification with the opposite gender. Dr. David Klein, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., led the study. Results were published online March 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Given that education in transgender care was significantly associated with greater likelihood of prescribing hormone therapy and that prior research shows that additional medical instruction on transgender care contributes to greater competency, it will be vital to augment the training of military physicians to ensure skill ... Read more

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As Trump Rolls Back Transgender Bathroom Rights . . .

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – The controversy over so-called transgender bathroom bills continues to escalate following President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to overturn an Obama administration directive that allowed students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Conservatives who saw the Obama directive as a glaring example of federal government overreach were delighted with Wednesday's announcement. "No longer will federal officials distort federal law that is meant to equalize educational opportunities for women, and no longer will they force local officials to intermingle boys and girls within private areas like locker rooms, showers, hotel rooms on school trips and restrooms," Gary McCaleb, senior counsel for the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Associated Press. But others, including medical professionals, saw the Trump ... Read more

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About 1.3 Million U.S. Adults Identify as Transgender: Study

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – One of the first comprehensive surveys on the subject estimates that about 1.3 million American adults currently identify as transgender. The new data is based on answers to a 2014 U.S. government survey of more than 151,000 adults conducted across 19 states. Transgender people identify with or express a gender identity that differs from the gender they were born with. Researchers say that 0.53 percent of respondents – about one in every 189 U.S. adults – answered "yes" to the question, "Do you consider yourself to be transgender?" Transgender individuals were more likely to identify as male-to-female (0.28 percent of adults surveyed) than female-to-male (0.16 percent), the study found. "The transgender population is a racially diverse population present across U.S. communities," concluded a team led by Dr. Halley Crissman of the University of Michigan. ... Read more

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Most Women Unfazed by Sharing Bathrooms With Transgenders

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Most women aren't concerned about sharing public bathrooms with transgender women. But many men are concerned about the safety and privacy of the women in their lives, a new online opinion survey says. A transgender woman is someone who identifies as female, but was registered at birth as male. Researchers analyzed 1,035 comments posted by readers of 190 online news articles about transgender women's use of public bathrooms. The issue is controversial, particularly in the United States, where so-called "bathroom bills" are being considered for transgender use of public facilities. Men were about 1.55 times more likely than women to express safety and privacy concerns. Women were much less likely to comment on the news stories. When they did, they were more restrained than men. Women were much more concerned about so-called "perverts" who pose as transgender ... Read more

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Kids With Gay or Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say. Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. The researchers found no differences between those with same-sex or heterosexual parents. The study focused on behavior problems, stress levels, couple relationships, family function and relationship adjustments over time. "To the best of my knowledge this is the first study that has followed children adopted by lesbian, gay and heterosexual parents over time from early to middle childhood," said study author Rachel Farr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky. "Longitudinal research [like ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Gender Dysphoria, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Many Teens Give Sex Ed a Failing Grade

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Teens around the world are getting sex education in schools that fails to address their needs and concerns, researchers report. By not addressing the complex nature of sex education and offering a curriculum that isn't practical or helpful to young people, educators are missing a key opportunity to protect students' health and well-being, the study authors added. "Schools should acknowledge that sex is a special subject with unique challenges, as well as the fact and range of young people's sexual activity, otherwise [they] will continue to disengage from [sex ed], and opportunities for safeguarding and improving their sexual health will be reduced," the British researchers wrote. The research team, led by Dr. Pandora Pound of the University of Bristol School of Social and Community Medicine, analyzed 55 studies that examined sex education programs in schools ... Read more

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Transgender's Classification as 'Mental Disorder' Is Outdated, Study Finds

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – Being transgender is currently classified as a mental health disorder in the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but a new study suggests that should change. And, such a change wouldn't be without precedent. The American Psychiatric Association removed gender identity disorder from the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). For the new study, Mexican researchers interviewed 250 transgender people. The researchers found levels of distress were more strongly influenced by social rejection and violence than by being transgender. Seventy-six percent said they suffered social rejection due to being transgender. This rejection most often came from family members, followed by schoolmates/co-workers and friends, the study showed. Nearly two-thirds were victims of violence due to their ... Read more

Related support groups: Gender Dysphoria, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – Transgender people can face big difficulties, but a new study shows their journey is made much harder when family members reject them. The researchers found that risks for attempting suicide more than tripled for transgender adults who experienced a "high level" of familial rejection. The risk for alcohol or drug abuse also rose much higher in these situations, the research found. Why is the potential rejection of parents, spouses and children so devastating? As researchers from the City University of New York explained, when transgender individuals face societal stigma, families can provide crucial support. However, when their families shut them out, this may deprive transgender people of a much-needed emotional "buffer" against that discrimination, wrote co-authors Augustus Klein and Sarit Golub. One expert agreed that the support of loved ones is key. "This ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Gender Dysphoria, Depressive Psychosis

Penis Reconstructions 'Life-Altering' for Men, Studies Show

Posted 8 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 7, 2016 – Men who undergo surgery to create a new penis seem to fare well in the long term, two new studies show. The surgery, known as phalloplasty, is most often done for transgender men who want to undergo a surgical transition. But it's also an option for men who've lost their penis to cancer or trauma – including soldiers who've been wounded on the battlefield. The new studies, to be presented Saturday at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in San Diego, included both groups of patients. And the studies suggest that by and large, both types of patients do well in the long run. "A lot of people may not know there are surgeons who have this capability," said Dr. Gregory Bales, a urologist and surgeon at the University of Chicago who was not involved in the studies. But the procedure can be "life-altering," both for transgender men and for those who've ... Read more

Related support groups: Erectile Dysfunction, Gender Dysphoria, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Young LGBT Adults Target of FDA Stop-Smoking Campaign

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Hoping to reduce tobacco use by young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched an LGBT stop-smoking campaign. "We know LGBT young adults in this country are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as other young adults," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. "We want LGBT young adults to know that there is no safe amount of smoking. Even an occasional cigarette can have serious health implications and lead to addiction," he said in an agency news release. The campaign specifically targets 18- to 24-year-old LGBT smokers. At least 800,000 of the more than 2 million LGBT young adults in the United States are occasional or social smokers, according to the FDA. A key reason for high tobacco use among this group of young adults is the real and perceived social stigma, discrimination ... Read more

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