Sexual health in 42 individuals post gender confirming treatment

Annika Johansson

ANOVA Transgender Medicine Karolinska University Hospital

Psychologist and sexologist in gender team since 22 years, first in Lund in the South of Sweden, since a few years in the gender team at Sexual Medicine Stockholm, head Stefan Arver, Katarina Görts Öberg, Cecilia Dhejne. She made a follow-up study report in 2010, together with Sundbom, Höjerback and Bodlund, Bodlund was head of the study, situated at the University of Umeå. She has participated in several Wpath meetings, and all Swedish meetings. She is mostly engaged in clinical work, focusing on treatment evaluation, and support of gender incongruent people coming to the clinic, specific focus on support in coming out process, and efforts for resolving shame from social stigma. There has been an important development of formal circumstances in Sweden in just the last five years and new political steps from government concerning gender non-conforming people, which also can effect health care resources for better health.


Introduction: Individuals who have undergone gender confirming treatment (GCT) in follow-up studies have been shown to experience improvement in several areas of life. In a Swedish clinical study of Individuals undergoing GCT... [ view full abstract ]


The aim in this report is a description of sexual satisfaction, sexual function and sexual orientation post GCT. [ view full abstract ]


Methods: Data was collected in 25 women and 17 men through interviews conducted by their gender clinic psychiatrist. Various outcomes of sexual health were explored 4 -16 years after treatment. [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Sexual Health was measured by a structured interview-questionnaire based on the sexual response model covering the areas of sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, and global sexual satisfaction. Further, the interview contained... [ view full abstract ]


Results: The follow-up mean time was 9 y. Mean age at follow-up interview was 46 y (range 25-69y) in women and in men 39 y (range: 28-53y). Among women 52% defined themselves as androphilic and 94% of the men were gynophilic.... [ view full abstract ]


Conclusion: Although a majority on a global level demonstrated higher levels of sexual satisfaction post-GCT, it is important to address different areas of sexual functioning since non-negligible sexual problems were found. [ view full abstract ]


  1. Annika Johansson (ANOVA Transgender Medicine Karolinska University Hospital)
  2. Owe Bodlund (Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, University of Umeå, Umeå)
  3. Torvald Höjerback (Sexology clinic Karlskona)
  4. Katarina Görts-Öberg (ANOVA Andrology Sexual MedicineTransgender Medicine Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health


OS-1A » Mental Health I: Mental & Sexual Health and Outcomes in Transgender Health (14:00 - Thursday, 6th April, Baltic)