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sex change's big emotional toll

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LONDON, Jul 30, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- British scientists have found sex change operations do nothing to improve the lives of those who have them, the Guardian reported Friday.

The University of Birmingham research team, which reviewed more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transsexuals also found that many who undergo sex changes remain severely depressed and even suicidal after the operation.

"There is a huge uncertainty over whether changing someone's sex is a good or a bad thing," said Chris Hyde, the director of the university's Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility.

"While no doubt great care is taken to ensure that appropriate patients undergo gender reassignment, there's still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatized -- often to the point of committing suicide."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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