Hundreds of young transgender people are seeking help to return to their original sex, Sky News has learnt.
According to a charity being set up to help them, many members of the trans community are detransitioning – and the numbers may increase further.
The number of young people seeking gender transition is at an all-time high but we hear very little, if anything, about those who may come to regret their decision.
There is currently no data to reflect the number who may be unhappy in their new gender or who may opt to detransition to their biological sex.
Charlie Evans, 28, was born female but identified as male for nearly 10 years.
Last year, she detransitioned and went public with her story – and said she was stunned by the number of people she discovered in a similar position.
“I’m in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they
hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it,” she says. “They don’t know what their options are now.”
Charlie says she has been contacted by “hundreds” of people seeking help – 30 people alone in her area of Newcastle.
“I think some of the common characteristics are that they tend to be around their mid-20s, they’re mostly female and mostly same-sex attracted, and often autistic as well.”
In a statement, a trust spokesperson said: “Decisions about physical interventions made in our care are arrived at after a thorough exploration process. While some of our patients may decide not to pursue physical treatment or drop out of treatment, the experience of regret described here is rarely seen.”
Gender transition has positive outcomes for many people and even talking about detransition is viewed by some as transphobic.