Transsexualism and osteoporosis

Transsexualism and osteoporosis


Schlatterer K, Auer DP, Yassouridis A, von Werder K, Stalla GK.
Dept. of Endocrinology, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany.
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The aim of this study was to investigate whether and to what extent our regime of cross-gender hormone replacement therapy might influence osteoporosis development in transsexual patients.

We found that after long-term therapy the bone densities of our cross-gender hormone-treated transsexual groups (10 male-to-female and 10 female-to-male) did not show significant differences compared to those of the corresponding biological sex. Moreover, the bone-density during therapy pointed out very little variability and that independent of the gender-alteration (transsexuality-direction) and the age of the transsexuals.

Our results indicate that for transsexual patients treated with cross-gender hormone replacement therapy the risk of developing osteoporosis is low.


Citation: Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 1998;106(4):365-8 an article published on the Internet by PubMed <>