Men Who Live as Women

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Did you ever feel like you don't belong in your own body? I'm Virginia Intelisano, mental health counselor and registered intern with the state of Florida and I'm here to talk about men who want to be women or dress as women. There are two different types of people who like to dress as women or want to have a sex change and these two words are very different from each other. One concept is called a transvestite and another concept is called a transsexual. Transvestites can be men who dress up in womens' clothing. This might help them feel better about themselves. This is a coping mechanism sometimes for stress or sometimes they simply get pleasure out of it. I recently had a case where a married couple and the husband actually dressed up in womens' clothing. The wife called me and didn't know what to do. She didn't know how to approach the situation. I basically told her that the best way to overcome this is to communicate openly with her husband about it and seek out a counselor to talk about it. The other form that we talked about is transsexualism. Transsexualism is when a man or woman wants to be the opposite sex. This is something that they think about throughout most of their lifetime and maybe have feelings either later in life or earlier in life during puberty. Men who undergo a sex change or women for that matter have to undergo extensive therapy and hormonal injections to get to the other sex. I recently knew someone who had this operation as well and the whole process took about two years. If you know anyone who is questioning their sex orientation please have them contact a local mental health professional. Believe me your safety and your sanity is imperative.

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