Studies show there are at least 32,000 to 40,000 post-op transsexual women in the U. S. The estimated number of males in the U. S. between the ages of 18 and 60 age is about 80,000,000. Dividing 32,000 by 80,000,000 means that more than one out of every 2,500 males born in the U. S. has undergone SRS. Based on the number of Transfemme customers we have and how they live their lives, we believe that at least 5 to 10 times as many males in the U.S. alone suffer from gender identity issues.
Have you wondered why you feel you were born with the wrong gender? You were a little boy but felt like a little girl? Some people will blame parents, or blame the person saying they have a “mental health disorder.” A prominent Ph.D. psychologist who is a friend has a non-mainstream theory. We share it here for you to consider. He believes that people who feel they were born the wrong sex spent many past lives as the gender they feel they should be now. After living many lifetimes as a female and then suddenly being born a male sometimes leaves the soul who incarnated as a male, feeling they are not male and vice versa. Some people do have recall of past lives and past lives are considered a fact by most of the world’s population, Christianity excepted.
Finding a neuroanatomical marker for transsexualism in the brain would not preclude past lives as the opposite gender from being a cause of transsexualism. We know cells follow a biology of belief and having strong feelings can cause physiological changes, both healing and damaging.
In 2002, the brain-sex theory of transsexualism was challenged by unexpected findings published by Chung, De Vries, and Swaab. They observed that significant sexual dimorphism in BSTc volume and neuron number does not develop in humans until adulthood. Most MtF transsexuals, however, report that their feelings of gender dysphoria began in early childhood (e.g., Lawrence, 2003). It is difficult to see how the volume and neuron number of the BSTc could be neuroanatomical markers for gender identity if they have not yet become sexually dimorphic by the time cross-gender feelings have become apparent. Recognizing this difficulty, Chung et al. wrote:
“Late sexual differentiation of the human BSTc volume also affects our perception about the relationship between BSTs [sic] volume and trans-sexuality. . . . Epidemiological studies show that the awareness of gender problems is generally present much earlier. Indeed, [about] 67-78% of transsexuals in adulthood report having strong feelings of being born in the wrong body from childhood onward. (p. 1032)”
Of course, there have been some cases were a psychologist or psychiatrist has to evidence that abuse of some type may have caused a gender identity problem but many other cases have no apparent cause. No one wakes up and decides they were born the wrong gender, this is a feeling and a belief that exists for those with gender dysphoria; not a choice. Past life feelings could very likely cause transsexualism. This theory will never be accepted by mainstream clinicians but science does not believe God, Creator or Supreme Intelligence exists either.
MTF – male to female
FTM – female to male
GID – Gender Identity Disorder
HRT – Hormone Replacement therapy
SRS/GCS – Sex Reassignment Surgery/Gender Confirming Surgery
Transition – the process of changing the physical gender identity role.