While you may have been born one gender, you may identify with another. It can cause confusion and distress, but there’s help available.
Our biological sex Is the one given at birth, but our gender identity is the gender we identify with and we feel we are. They’re not always the same. If you begin to have questions about your gender, you may experience a whole host of emotions and need some help to understand them.
Stress, anxiety, depression and confusion are often caused as a result of living with gender dysphoria and shouldn’t be ignored. Learn more
While you may need to speak to specialists about your gender identity questions, it’s important to understand that gender dysphoria isn’t a mental health condition.
What to do
If you have questions about your gender then your GP can offer advice and guidance on seeking support.
If your GP feels it’s appropriate they can refer you to a specialist service called a Gender Identity Clinic where you will receive a detailed assessment from a professional. They will discuss with you the options that are available to you.
If you are struggling to cope, or would like to talk to someone there are a number of specialist helplines available. Learn more