Alleviating Gender Dysphoria
The goal when treating gender dysphoria is to alleviate dysphoric feelings in an affirmative way by helping the trans person in question make the changes they need to be more comfortable with their body and the way they are treated by others. This can involve many different things depending on the person, as no two trans people are exactly alike in their needs, identities, or the way they experience dysphoria, or even if they do at all. That said, there are several different established means of helping trans people control dysphoria, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT), genital reconstruction surgery (GRS) and other various surgical options, legal name and/or gender marker change, permanent hair removal, and psychological counseling (this list is not exhaustive). Any given trans person may wish to pursue some, all, or none of these means, and they should all be considered medically necessary for every trans person who wants them. In other words, not every trans person will want facial reconstruction surgery, as an example, but for those who do feel they need it, it is medically necessary to help them control dysphoria. Not every transgender person’s transition—the process by which they move to a place in which they are more comfortable with themselves and have significantly alleviated their dysphoria—will look quite the same, but every trans person should be allowed to pursue transition in whatever way they, personally, need to alleviate their gender dysphoria.