More Swedes having sex changes

The number of sex change operations in Sweden has tripled in the past 13 years.

Last year, 48 people in Sweden applied to change gender after undergoing therapy to confirm that they belonged psychologically to the opposite sex. This compared to only 16 applications ten years ago. A total of 600 Swedes have changed sex.

“It’s hard to know why more people are applying for sex changes,” said Cecilia Dhejne, consultant at a centre for gender reassignment therapy at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge.

“It could be that the condition is becoming more common for reasons we do not know. But it could be that it has become more well-known, which means that more people who identify themselves as transgendered realise that they can get help.”