The Psychosexual Effects of Klinefelter’s Syndrome

Some fascinating and one would have to believe, truthful answers to what might otherwise be perceived as uncomfortable questions surrounding the Psychosexual experiences of XXY’s. Too often missing from conversations around XXY virilisation and in more recent times an urgency to get with the program in infancy is the impact of potent sex defining hormones on an individual who might be struggling for a host of various reasons to blend into society. Parents talk of wanting a “normal child”  or if the individual is an adult XXY person, then, to be normal themselves, but, surely supplementing a body with hormones is anything but normal?

When asked if they felt different from other males, 31 respondents stated that they
did feel different. However, when asked whether their KS diagnosis affected their sense
of virility or maleness, 11 of those 31 respondents stated that it did not. An additional 2
said it only affected them a little and 1 said he was not sure. Of the other 17, who stated
that it did affect their sense of maleness, several provided some comments.

The responses to many items were consistent with the published research,
specifically, the symptoms leading to a diagnosis of KS and the school experiences of the respondents. In addition, 79% of the respondents (26) had taken T supplementation and all but 2 were still using it. Among the T users, the effectiveness varied but most found it to be at least somewhat effective especially in improving their sexual functioning.

However, there were a few who experienced significant and unacceptable or distressing side effects, such as acne, gynecomastia, gender issues, mood swings or constant sexual arousal. For those individuals, in particular, the help of a knowledgeable therapist would be very valuable.

The Psychosexual Effects of Klinefelter’s Syndrome

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