Why do people detransition?

The main reason cited for detransition is social pressure. Around 90 percent of people who return to their birth gender in the US don’t do so because of regret or dissatisfaction, but because of pressure from family, school, work, or society in general.

The National Center for Transgender Equality found that the most common reasons for detransitioning were lack of support at home, problems in the workplace, and harassment and discrimination.

Other reasons include exploring a different gender identity, unrelated health issues, and financial complications. Only five percent of people who detransitioned (0.4% of all trans people) did so because they felt transition was not right for them.

The situation is also aggravated by gatekeeping and combative attitudes in healthcare. In many countries, like the UK, trans people have to spend years proving they are who they say they are in order to access treatment. The financial, social, and mental burdens this causes actually increase the chance of detransition.

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