In the last decade, transsexual patients have increasingly sought sex reassignment (cross-sex hormones and sex reassignment surgery), whilst avoiding adequate diagnostic procedures. They ask non-specialized physicians to prescribe hormones or to perform sex reassignment surgery. Sometimes hormones are ordered through the Internet or obtained from other illegitimate sources. If these patients later turn to a specialized team (for instance for sex reassignment surgery), the obligatory standard diagnostic procedure is problematic: the patient does not accept having to go through a long period of assessment and objective decision-making, while the attending health professional feels pressured by the patient's impatience. Non-expert health professionals should draw patients' attention to the necessity of a thorough diagnostic procedure, thus avoiding wrong decisions and future regrets.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Oct 2004|