A recent study has made a landmark discovery on transgender people and the way their brain works. Researchers found more similarities in their brain function between transgender people and the gender they identify with. This leads to the conclusion that one’s gender identity might form in the womb.
The transgender brain works in mysterious ways
There are many people in the world who are transgender. This means that, even if they are born with a biological sex, they identify with the opposite sex. There have been many debates on this issue, and some of them regarded the brain activity of these people. Therefore, researchers from VU Medical Center, Netherlands, performed a few MRI scans on 160 people, both cisgender and transgender.
They exposed these people to a pheromone that causes the brain to exhibit gender-specific properties. Afterwards, they observed something interesting. Transgender people exhibited properties specific to the gender they associated with, not the gender they had. This paints a bright future for transgender treatments.
These results might help in the treatment of gender dysphoria
If the transgender brain exhibits such traits, it means people can detect gender dysphoria at an early stage. This means that doctors can intervene and prevent secondary sex properties from developing. This means it will be easier for people to undergo a sex change procedure. These characteristics start developing at puberty and, by the age 16, these people can successfully start a treatment.
One disadvantage of the study was the fact that it used a relatively small sample of participants. Even so, looking at how sex exhibits itself in the brain is quite a hot topic at the moment. This study is important not only for treating gender dysphoria. There are many neurological disorders that are more common among one of the sexes, so the results might be valuable for these treatments as well.
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