Sexual Experiences in Transgender People: The Role of Desire for Gender-Confirming Interventions, Psychological Well-Being, and Body Satisfaction

Sanne W.C. Nikkelen, Baudewijntje P.C. Kreukels

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© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis © 2018, © Sanne W. C. Nikkelen and Baudewijntje P. C. Kreukels. We examined the role of gender-confirming treatment (GCT; i.e., hormonal treatment and genital surgery), psychological well-being, and body satisfaction in the sexual feelings and behaviors of transgender adults. A survey was conducted among a nonclinical sample of 325 male-to-female (MtF) and 251 female-to-male (FtM) Dutch adults (17–76 years, Mage= 41.87), divided into those with no GCT desire, those who desired (more) GCT, and those who completed GCT. Findings indicated that whereas GCT may positively affect sexual feelings, particularly in MtF persons, body satisfaction may play an even bigger role. Those without a GCT desire may experience particular difficulties in their sexual experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-381
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2018

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