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Does gender dysphoria ever end?

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Last Updated: 03/01/2021 at 12:14pm
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September 24th, 2019 7:22pm
It ends when you find a way to truly express your gender. For some people it means carrying out medical transition towards the opposite genders. For other, it simply means expressing their gender through looks and behavior. Everyone has their own path, so feel free to look for what is right for you, and don't be afraid to look for support as you try to figure it out. You can feel better one day, and you deserve it!
June 7th, 2015 11:24am
I don't have personal experience in this, but it is different for many people. Some may find that utilising ways of passing such as using binders or padded bras a way to cope with dysphoria. Another way people cope with dysphoria is by having surgery, but obviously this is not available or desirable for everyone. Degrees of dysphoria vary from person to person, but the solutions and coping methods also vary.
January 23rd, 2015 10:29pm
Gender dysphoria, like sexuality, is a fluid concept. Every person has a different definition of who they want to be and how they view themselves, and we often like our body to match the inside. Sometimes, people go through a few changes in gender identity, and some transition once and stick there for good. It all depends on your individual situation, and it will adhere to how you feel on the inside.
April 28th, 2015 12:14am
Everything ends. This may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what we are talking about, but it is a simple fact of life. Luckily for us, gender and sexuality are never black and white, and exist on a sliding scale. What we decide at one moment need not always be true, and we are free to decide our own identities and preferences, even if they change all the time! The road to happiness is different for everyone, but with enough support, knowledge and bravery, we all eventually find our own path. It may take days, weeks, months or years, but eventually you will find a place where you are comfortable and where you feel you belong.
May 19th, 2015 8:07pm
It may end for people who become comfortable in their own skin. Typically, people who transition fully lose dysphora.
November 8th, 2015 7:42pm
It depends on the individual. Some people don't experience it after transitioning (if they want to transition), others still do from time to time, but it gets less. You just need to find out what makes you feel comfortable and this way you'll experience it less.
November 22nd, 2015 2:11am
It depends on the person. For me my gender dysphoria is always there but is less bothersome when dressing how I wish. I feel like it'll go away after I have top surgery and maybe bottom surgery and using testosterone but for some person even after they fully transition dysphoria still remains.
June 6th, 2016 3:26pm
Yes and no. Sometimes you will be perfectly happy with your body and sometimes you will not. If you are gender fluid, when you are your biological gender you will be happy with your body but when you are not then you may not. But if you don't fluctuate between genders, you can take steps to be happy with your body. For example hormones can help you get over gender dysphoria.
November 21st, 2016 10:33am
Dysphoria is different from person to person, but a lot of the time, it's overcome when someone transitions into the person they really are. The further along you go, the fainter the dysphoria may become.
February 26th, 2018 4:59am
Depends on the person. It comes back every once in a while for some, never leaves for others, and mostly disappears for others, etc. It's a little hard to say. Usually, I don't believe it does completely, but usually it does lessen.
April 17th, 2018 6:56pm
For some people, it does last quite a while, but don’t let that make you lose hope! I have personally struggled with gender dysphoria, and it has finally gone away in recent time (just battling body dysphoria now). You have to learn to accept your self before you worry about others accepting you. Put yourself first when dealing with gender dysphoria. Being more comfortable with your identity (not necessarily your body) is most important. You may have to learn to love your identity before you can learn to love yourself (identity as well as personality, character, body, etc.). Most importantly, don’t lose hope. You’ve got this, I know you do!
July 28th, 2020 8:20am
Gender dysphoria, or the feeling of not belonging in your own body, will end if you seek help. Help can be found in many ways, and us on 7cups are here to listen to you and provide support so that you can come to the conclusion of what is best for you. You know yourself better than we do, and we are here so that you have someone to talk to. Experiencing dysphoria must be very confusing. I believe you can find that light at the end of the tunnel. We believe in you and are here for you when you need us. :)
March 1st, 2021 12:14pm
In my opinion, there are some cases that may have been identified as gender dysphoria, but people even actually have regretted it. The main diagnosis of gender dysphoria depends on having symptoms of GD for over than 6 months. Gender dypshoria can occur at any age: adults / older people often report having secretly hidden their gender dysphoric feelings from others when they were younger. But there is no need to worry. It's important to listen to your heart and what you wanna be. Expressing yourself how you wanna look in front of others. It's important to feel yourself.