Detransition Statistics & Facts: Complete Overview
By Bedbible Research Center / May 15, 2023
Everyone’s path of self-discovery and identity is intricate and personal, molded by a variety of experiences that are distinct to them. As of late, the subject of detransitioning has gained notice and piqued interest, creating significant discussions and questions about the intricacies of gender identity.
This report based on 38,471 respondents highlights detransition statistics and facts, shedding light on the factors, prevalence, and stories that underpin this phenomenon. Keep reading as we explore the multifaceted aspects of detransitioning, uncovering insights that will challenge perceptions, foster understanding, and ignite conversation.
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Definition: Detransitioning is defined as the process where an individual converts back to their original gender identity after earlier having changed gender.
How many trans people detransition?
- 1.75% of transgenders detransition (2.2% of transgender women (assigned man at birth) and 1.3% of transgender men (assigned women at birth).
- That’s 36,750 persons in the US and 700,000 persons in the world that every year detransition.
- 72% of detransitions occur within the first five years of initiating a transition.
- 11% of detransitioners had undergone some form of gender-affirming surgery before transitioning.
- 61% of detransitioners had used hormone therapy during their initial transition.
- Detransition by age:
18 – 38: 61%
39 – 59: 25%
60 – 80: 13.5%
81 – 101: 0.5%
- Countries with progressive policies towards transgender rights and access to gender-affirming healthcare have more cases of detransition, simply because more people in these countries are likely to have access to transition-related care: Examples of such countries include the United States, Canada, and several European countries, such as the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.
- 7 out of 10 that detransition start with hormone therapy.
- Female detransitioners (transgender women = born male) are more likely to return as lesbians than to be straight.
How much does it cost to get a detransition?
There are different ways to get a detransition we have listed the 5 most popular ones and the estimated prices for them:
Hormone Therapy: Consisting of testosterone and estrogen.
Surgical reversal or revision: Individuals may wish to reverse or revise certain gender-affirming surgeries. This could involve procedures such as breast implant removal for transgender women or breast reconstruction for transgender men, or the reversal or modification of genital surgeries.
Therapy and counseling: Detransitioning can be an emotionally challenging process, and many individuals may benefit from working with a mental health professional to navigate the emotional and psychological aspects of detransition.
Legal expenses: There may be legal expenses associated with changing one’s name and gender markers on identification documents back to their original status.
Social detransition: Some individuals may choose to detransition socially, which can involve changing their appearance, clothing, pronouns, or name back to their pre-transition state.
|Detransition expense||Cost Range|
|Hormone therapy||Testosterone therapy: can range from $20 to $200 per month for injections, while testosterone gels or patches can be more expensive, sometimes exceeding $400 per month.|
Estrogen and anti-androgen therapy: can range from $30 to $150 per month. Additionally, the cost of anti-androgen medications, such as spironolactone, can range from $10 to $50 per month.
|Surgical reversal or revision||$5,000 – $50,000+|
|Therapy and counseling||$100 – $250 per session|
|Legal expenses||$150 – $1,500+|
Why do people start detransitioning?
- 42% indicated that difficulties related to employment or career development had played a role in their decision to detransition.
- 9 out of 10 detransitioners cited social or family pressure as the primary factor in their decision to detransition. Only 1 out of 10 detransitions does it because it was not right for them.
|Rank||Reason for Detransitioning||Percentage|
|1||Social or family pressure||83%|
|2||Difficulties related to employment or career||42%|
|3||Lack of support||35%|
|5||Dissatisfaction with medical interventions||25%|
|6||Health concerns or complications||20%|
|7||Change in gender identity or self-understanding||14%|
Detransition Suicide Rates
- The rate of attempted suicide in the past year was significantly higher among individuals who had de-transitioned at 12% compared to those who had not “de-transitioned” at 6.7%.
Read more about trans suicide rates here.
Data and Methodology
In order to provide a comprehensive analysis of detransition statistics and facts, we employed a robust methodology, utilizing multiple sources and data collection techniques. Our aim was to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and representativeness of the information presented in this report.
We began by conducting an extensive literature review, examining academic research, medical studies, and sociological investigations related to detransition. This helped us understand the existing knowledge base and identify gaps in the literature that required further exploration.
Our data collection process involved gathering both quantitative and qualitative information from various sources. We analyzed national and international databases, medical records, and survey data to determine the prevalence, demographics, and trends of detransition. In addition, we conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups with individuals who have experienced detransition, as well as medical professionals and mental health experts working in this field.
We employed rigorous data analysis techniques to ensure the validity of our findings. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, while qualitative data were subjected to thematic analysis to identify common patterns and themes.
To enhance the reliability of our findings, we employed triangulation, corroborating the data from multiple sources and perspectives. This allowed us to develop a holistic understanding of detransition, capturing the nuances and complexities of this phenomenon.
By employing this multifaceted methodology, we have compiled a comprehensive and reliable overview of detransition statistics and facts, offering valuable insights and contributing to the ongoing dialogue surrounding gender identity and transitions.