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There are no reliable statistics on the prevalence of transsexualism. According to the DSM-IV, statistics from smaller European countries have suggested that roughly 1 in 30,000 physical males and 1 in 100,000 physical females seek sex reassignment surgery. [1]. However, it is commonly suggested that many transsexual people do not seek SRS and therefore are not reflected in the statistics. The DSM itself states that no recent epidemiological studies on transsexualism are available. Lynn Conway has suggested that transsexualism is much more prevalent, that 1 in 2500 physical males in the United States has undergone SRS since the 1960s, and that perhaps 1 in 500 individuals experiences gender dysphoria. [2]

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