New Survey of Detransitioners – Participants Wanted

*Survey closes on April 30*


I’d like to announce recruitment for a new research study designed to better understand the experiences of people who have undergone gender de-transition. For the purpose of this study, gender de-transition is defined as having undergone gender transition related medical procedures (hormones and/or surgeries) and then subsequently de-transitioned. The study is an anonymous online survey. Take a look at the recruitment information and if you are interested, follow the link to the study. Please share the recruitment information and link with anyone you think might be interested and eligible.


Recruitment Information

Study Title: Individuals who received medications and/or surgery for sex reassignment and then de-transitioned: a descriptive study

Gender dysphoria, discomfort about one’s biological sex or assigned gender, is often treated with medications and/or surgery (also called transition). Some individuals choose to “de-transition” by stopping medications and/or having survey to reverse the effects of transition. The purpose of the study is to describe a population of individuals who experienced gender dysphoria, chose to transition by taking medications and/or having surgery, and then de-transitioned (by stopping the medications or having surgery). We are interested in individuals who have de-transitioned, whether they feel positively, negatively, or neutrally about their decision to transition and the time they spent transitioned before de-transitioning. This research study is being conducted by Lisa Littman, MD, MPH, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Previous research shows that the satisfaction rates for transgender individuals who transition is generally high and the regret rates are low, though little is known of those who describe unsatisfactory experiences with transition or de-transition beyond accounts available on social media. An informal survey on social media yielded over 100 surveys from de-transitioned individuals in only two weeks of recruitment. Given that this population exists and has not yet been described in the medical literature, this research is needed to describe this outcome, to generate hypotheses, and to assess the psychological and social needs of persons who have taken, or are considering, this decision.

This survey is completely anonymous and confidential and conducted through Survey monkey, an independent third- party. There is no way to connect your name with your responses. We do not track email or IP addresses. Please do not write in any identifying information about yourself in the open text boxes. The survey should take 30-60 minutes. Participation in this research study is voluntary, and you may refuse or quit at any time before completing the survey. If you know of any individuals with a similar experience who might be eligible for this survey, or any communities where there might be eligible participants, please copy and paste this recruitment information and survey link to share.
Survey Link:


    1. Yes, this study was approved by the IRB at Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai where Dr. Lisa Littman is on the faculty. You could contact her or them for more details. Info is in the survey intro.

  1. What a piece of bullshit, lol. Blanchard, Wilchesky, Assalian, Betito, Cantor (the pro-pedophile). All these people have ABSOLUTELY no clue as to what a transsexual is, and, yet, they still emit their twisted opinions on the subject. These people are extremely dangerous and, if you are a transsexual, run in the opposite direction if you ever see any of them.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that the existence of our study has upset you. There are people who do detransition and there are more of them than there were in the past, it is important to study them so that we can figure out more about what leads to detransition and figure out how to give them better care. Learning about detransitioners doesn’t imply that transition is wrong for everyone.

  2. Transition was certainly not wrong for me. My only regret is that it hasn’t been done much earlier. How do you know there are more people who detransition than earlier? It seems to be extremely rare from the few cases I came across on the net. For those who do detransition, I wonder what part unsupportive friends, family and society played in their decision to detransition. They must be very unhappy people. I did see a few cases where the person detransitioned only to transition again later on. Once a transexual, always a transexual. We don’t become one, we are born one.

    1. It has been historically rare, but even if the proportion of detransitioners remains the same, we would expect to see a lot more of them, just because there are a lot more transitioners. Also, there is a community of detransitioners which didn’t really exist in the past, and there seems to be a large concentration among younger natal females. This community has never been surveyed in a formal academic study, so that is what we are doing.

    2. “For those who do detransition, I wonder what part unsupportive friends, family and society played in their decision to detransition”

      Hence the reason to study it and collect more data. As someone who’s detransitioning for reasons that don’t match your assumptions, I’m curious to see what comes out.

      1. Who are you? And why did you detransition? Maybe, more importantly, (if you’re still feel that detransition was the right choice,) why did you transition in the first place?

  3. You might have some luck finding detranstioners asking mainstream fundementalist and mormon denominations. They encourage this sort of thing. Asking in the reddit transgender forum was a rather clueless place to look.

    1. ….and i am not trying to be sarcastic – check with some of the preachers – they might point you in the right direction.

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