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China Implementing Strict Criteria For Sex Changes

Are you single? Over the age of 20? Have you wanted a sex change for at least five years? Have you lived and worked as a member of the opposite gender for at least two years? Have you told your family about your wishes? Then you would qualify for the gender reassignment surgery in China.

The Chinese government is set to formalize its first set of sex change guidelines after putting them up for discussion on the ministry of health's website. Once a candidate meets the requirements, he or she will have to have the police sign off on it.

Experts estimate that as many as 400,000 people want sex changes in China, a country where many aren't very open-minded about the procedure. Hopefully, those seeking gender reassignment will find ways to overcome the somewhat emotionally painful guidelines (like getting police approval or having to tell potentially hostile family members) so they can live their lives as they wish.


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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I agree with most of the restrictions except for being single and telling your family. I disagree with the latter only because this stop many from even attempting to try. IF their family is against it can they petition and have the procedure denied?
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I don't think these requirements are too extreme, or even that strict, but I believe doctors should be imposing them, not government.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
Thats cool Space I'm planning on getting one, why did they ask you if you knew how to use a mouse?
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
so weird, I've met with surgeons recently about a breast reduction! I know it will help my back/neck pain and posture, etc etc, but I also worry since I've been The Girl With Huge Boobs since fifth grade when they started growing (jerks... :p )... I don't know, some sort of identity crisis or whatever.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
katgal, my initial reaction was disagreeing with you about the restrictions, that people should be who they are/who they feel they are, but I realize that any surgical procedure is complicated and gender reassignments are complicated, invasive, and dangerous, and I am ok with restrictions being in place to make sure people get the proper pre-surgery care --- I think people who get plastic surgery should have a little bit of emotional counseling beforehand just about their intentions etc.
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