Gender-affirming surgery linked to better mental health in t
Results of a new study show what a number of researchers, clinicians, and trans patients already suspected: Gender-affirming surgery is associated with better mental health.

To learn more about the relationship between gender-affirming surgery and psychological well-being, investigators reviewed data from 27,715 trans and gender-diverse adults who were part of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

They found that people who had undergone at least one gender-affirming surgery had significantly lower odds of psychological distress within the previous month than their peers who wanted such procedures but had not yet had them. They were also less likely to have used tobacco or experienced suicidal thoughts within the previous year.

Specifically, trans and gender-diverse people who hadn't received any of the affirming surgeries they wanted were almost twice as likely to report severe psychological distress and suicidal thoughts as those who had been able to access surgery.

In particular, this study demonstrates an association between gender-affirming surgery and improved mental health outcomes.