When you include the 41% who end up so deeply depressed they attempt suicide with the 10% who cannot adjust to the gender change or simply regret it, you can make the argument that it looks like a 51% failure rate for the gender changers and that is not so good.
This is a common response for the regretters, “I am a non-person, an 'it'. I have let them mutilate me. Far from solving my problems, the operation has made things worse.”
An article I read recently says,
Sandra, formerly Peter, had a sex-change operation in 1987 when she was 40. At the time of the operation she was having panic attacks and was heavily dependent on tranquillizers. Now that she is finally coming off them, an alarming certainty is dawning on her: the surgery should never have taken place.
More true stories like this one can be seen at www.sexchangeregret.com.
This story is repeated over and over again for decades now and is a relevant story today. In fact it sounds like some of the many troubling letters that come to me. They have a common ring, that is, the early fun is replaced with understanding that their body is mutilated and gender change is not possible. Suicide starts to look like the only way out. I was at that point myself.
Studies in America and Holland report one in 20 post-operative transsexuals changes his or her mind after surgery, and one in ten never adjusts and often becomes deeply depressed. The Transgender Task Force reports 41% attempt suicide. In the Transgender Task Force transgenders survey, they admit they selectively eliminated from the survey all regretters who reverted back to their birth gender. The people whose suicide was a success or the transgenders who go back to their birth gender do not have a voice.
It is amazing how poor the surgical results are when you collect the documented studies where 61% of transgenders report suffering from psychological problems, 41% attempt suicide and 10% who never adjust to the gender change.
There should be a sign at the door of the operating room that reads:
Enter at your own risk.
It is just not a huge success.