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Gender dysphoria

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Some transgender and gender diverse people experience distress because the sex they were assigned at birth doesn't match their gender. This is often referred to as gender dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria can be physical, relating to someone’s body, or it can be social, relating to how people perceive and interact with a gender diverse person.

Being transgender is often but not always associated with gender dysphoria. Transgender people can experience constant reminders that their body might not match their gender. But supportive, gender-affirming care significantly improves gender dysphoria and mental health and wellbeing.

It's important for whānau (family), friends, school, work and the community to support people and children who are questioning their gender identity or who identify as transgender or gender diverse.

There is a lot of support for transgender and gender diverse people. See Support networks for transgender & gender diverse people & their whānau.

Te Tahi Youth provides free medical care and counselling services for those aged 10 to 24 years.

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Written by Ko Awatea gender-affirming care co-design group. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2023.

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