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Research Letter
July 21, 2021

Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 5Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. Published online July 21, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.2551

Gender-affirming medical care is essential for addressing the mental health burdens of transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) populations.1 Gender-affirming hair removal (GAHR) procedures, including electrolysis and laser hair removal, are desired by nearly 90% of TGD people.2 However, such services are covered by only 4.6% of insurance plans,3,4 possibly owing in part to limited evidence of their menatal health benefits. In this study, we investigated the association between GAHR and mental health outcomes.

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