Sexual life of transgender individuals in Turkey: The effect of sex reassignment surgery

Sahika Yuksel


Retired Prof from Department of  Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Istanbul.  2013 in private practice Founder  of Istanbul-Psychosocial Trauma Program   Past President of Psychiatric Association of Turkey (PAT)Founder member of different NGO’s  (Purple Roof shelters for women exposed violence; Human Rights Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims). Founder and Board Member of ESTSS (1994- 2001) and  Board member of International Society of Traumatic Stress Stress Clinical Practice, Teaching, research: Transgender adult and adolescents clinical treatment and forensic reports. Set up first transsexual service for in Turkey according SOC; Established therapist guided transgender groups. Post-traumatic problems, particularly in women exposed to sexual violence at home and during detention; Work with NGO’s on rehabilitation centers for torture victims and shelters; Founder of CETAD (Association of Education, and Treatment of Sexual Issues) Past Board member , Ethical Committee Member Member of International Academia of Sex Research Editorial Board of International Journal of Transgenderism 


A surprisingly small amount of research has examined the sex life of transgender individuals before and after undergoing sex reassignment surgery (SRS). Among transgender individuals, because of the discomfort involved in... [ view full abstract ]


The study aimed to compare transgender individuals sex life before and after sex reassignment surgery. [ view full abstract ]


Samples: The study includes two groups – Group I: 50 transgender individuals who had not undergone sex reassignment surgery and Group II: 20 transgender individuals who had undergone sex reassignment surgery. Measurements:... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

The absence of complications during surgery had a positive impact on sexual life and was observed to be more significant in the ASES items related to excitement. Negative attitudes against masturbation dropped from 45% to 5%... [ view full abstract ]


The study involved 39 transmen and 31 transwomen, with the mean age in Group I being 27.04 ± 7.56 and 32.6 ± 7.16 in Group II. Participants in Group II were more likely to have a regular job and had higher employment rates... [ view full abstract ]


The results of the study are discussed within a cultural and religious context, where it will be shown that transgender individuals in Turkey have experienced a very hard time transforming their private and public identity,... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Berna Ozata Yildizhan (Dept of Psychiatry, Bakirkoy Ruh ve Sinir Hastaliklari Hastanesi, Bakirkoy, Istanbul)
  2. Sahika Yuksel (CETAD)
  3. Eren Yildizhan (Dep. of Psychiatry Bakirköy Ruh ve Sinir Hastaliklari Hastanesi)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health


PS-3 » E-Posters Mental Health (2) (16:30 - Thursday, 6th April, Mediterranean)