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Regret is a general term for the feelings of a person who is not satisfied with the physical or social results of transition. Generally, it is the minority (less than 5%) of all people who pursue transition who exhibit signs of regret, often as the result of:

  • People who act on fantasies believing that hormone therapy or surgery will "make me into a real woman/man."
  • Proceeded too quickly without regard to consequences of medical therapies (notably but not limited infertility or other reduction of sexual function) or social consequences (loss of privileges and/or discrimination).
  • Unrealistic expectations of the results of medical therapies (expectation of large breasts, deep voice, or a designer vagina).

Regret over transition often results in detransitioning if the factors used to justify transition were not sound when transition was chosen.

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