Voice-related gender dysphoria: quality of life in hormone naive trans male individuals

Şirin S. , Polat A. Ö. , Alioğlu F.

ANADOLU PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, cilt.21, ss.53-60, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 21
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5455/apd.41947
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.53-60


Objectives: This study investigates voice-related gender dysphoria and its impact on quality of life in hormonenaive trans male individuals. Methods: The study was conducted by the Gender Dysphoria Clinic and Voice Clinic of a tertiary hospital referral center. Seventeen hormone naive trans males referred to Voice Clinic and completed all the scales in a single sitting were included. Voice Handicap Index-10, Voice-Related Quality of Life, Transsexual Voice Questionnaire, and Self-Perception of Voice Masculinity Scale were used to assess voice-related gender dysphoria and quality of life. Results: Voice-related measures scores were seen to be significantly adversely affected in the pretreatment period when compared with normative data. All the three instruments showed a significantly strong correlation with each other. The voice-related quality of life showed an increasing trend in accordance with the current self-perception of voice masculinity. This group's future voice desire showed variation among individuals. Discussion: Trans male individuals cannot be considered as a homogeneous group in terms of voice gender perception and expectation. Considering the heterogeneity, individually tailored management strategies should be established. Voice-related gender dysphoria should be evaluated and managed carefully from the very beginning for treatment-seeking trans male individuals.