Bruce has known he’s wanted to be a woman for a very long time, according to a new report. The former Olympic athlete opened up to his family about how being a woman is something he’s thought about since he was as young as five years old.
As Bruce Jenner, 65, makes the transition into womanhood, one thing is very clear: Bruce has always been confident that this is the path he wanted to take! The Kardashian patriarch has always identified as a woman, even as a child, believing it to be his “true self,” a new report says. HollywoodLife.com spoke with hormone specialist Dr. John O’Dea, M.D. who gives us insight on the complex and often misunderstood subject matter.
Bruce Jenner Transgender Transition: Wanted To Become A Woman At Young Age
In the midst of his transformation, Bruce has reportedly told his family that becoming a woman is something he’s always dreamed of. The reality star reportedly opened up to the Kardashian/Jenner clan and revealed that he has kept his “true self” deep inside of him since he was a child, according to TMZ.
Furthermore, even when he was considered to be one of the greatest male athletes in the world after the ’76 Olympics, he instead thought of himself as a woman, the report says.
But even though he’s allegedly had the mentality of a woman throughout this years, Bruce has never dressed as a woman or “been female” around his kids. In fact, that’s something he’s keeping private for now. As we previously reported, Bruce has a closet full of high-fashion dresses at home, and he “feels free to be who he wants to be at home.”
“Transsexuality is not a psychological disorder. It has to do with the wiring of the brain. It’s not as simple as wearing dresses and make-up or even having surgical removal of genitals and breast implants. What’s most important for male to female transgendered people is an effective hormone therapy. This is vital and it’s not done overnight. Each patient is different and there is no cookie cutter process,” Dr. O’Dea explains.
“Surgical procedures for MTF transgendered people include genital reconstruction, facial feminization and breast augmentation. Again I can’t stress enough the importance of hormone therapy. One can undergo all the above surgical procedures, plus plastic surgery and still feel unhappy with their bodies,” Dr. O’Dea says.
Transsexuals tend to get obsessive with plastic surgery, and even silicone injections, but these treatments will not bring lasting fulfillment. Proper hormone treatment is key. I never give oral hormones because they increase the risk of clots. I often use pellets that slowly and gradually release steady levels of hormones,” says Dr. O’Dea. “There are a lot of doctors out there who give hormones, but they must be given properly. Do you homework I say. Some people get illegal hormones on the Internet and that can make you nuts.”
“Someone doesn’t choose to be a transsexual. And it simply can’t be turned off and on. A transgender or transexual must be true to themselves, or they can remain deeply depressed, isolated and even suicidal. Their loved one must support them and get fully educated,” Dr. O’Dea says. “Often a transsexual lives in silence for fear of ridicule and shame, which explains why many wait until they are older to seek help and treatment. It can be a very lonely and isolated life because he or she feels the need to hide a shameful and often embarrassing secret.”
Khloe Kardashian Respects Bruce Jenner As A Woman
In fact, Khloe has even more respect and love for Bruce now that he’s living an honest life with himself, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“Bruce has told her he’s choosing to leave Bruce behind and live his life as a woman and out of respect for that, Khloe‘s adapting and seeing him as a woman,” our source said.
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— Julianne Ishler