A woman who had her breasts surgically removed in an attempt to become a man now feels she was ‘raped by the medical industry’ and made a ‘mistake’ which ‘made her situation worse’.
Mel Jeffries was born a girl and grew into an unhappy and depressed teenager who, like many teenagers, was confused about her identity and sexuality.
She thought her life would be better if she became a man and lived as a man called Mason from the age of 18.
With the testosterone treatment, Ms. Jeffries had a deeper voice, facial hair, more muscle and weight, but it wasn’t enough.
“All my hatred of being a woman I was just focused on my chest,” she said Spotlight on Channel 7 program – so, at the age of 26, he had his breasts removed, which she now considers one of the biggest mistakes of her life as she becomes a woman again.
Spotlight claimed there are ‘thousands’ of vulnerable young Australians who regret being transitioned from male to female or female to male.
Mel Jeffries was born a girl and grew into an unhappy and depressed teenager who, like many teenagers, was confused about her gender identity. She is pictured when she lived in the form of a man called Mason.
Ms Jeffries describes her life as a ‘clusterf***’ and said she will always bear the scars, physical and mental, of the choices she now regrets.
At the age of 16, she said she was “just looking for a sense of belonging” and finding solace in online communities.
“And then if you transition, it’s like, oh, everybody’s giving you so much love,” she said.
Before making decisions that she regrets today, she had “a lot of experiences”.
“I was sexually assaulted and I feel like it made me want to transition and not be a woman anymore,” she said.
Mrs. Jeffries believed that being a woman made her vulnerable and an easy target and that she had better be a man.
“The magical thinking was that I could be somebody and I wouldn’t have to be myself. I wouldn’t have to deal with everything that’s going on in my life,” she said.
“Maybe all my unhappiness stems from the fact that I was born in the wrong…gender.”
The online community was almost like the love of a new family to support her transition.
He was told: “Here is your biological family”. It’s the family that we don’t choose. And then there’s your logical family. They are the ones who choose you.
Getting started on testosterone was easy: it was prescribed to him during a diagnosis that took less than an hour.
Ms Jeffries felt she was encouraged to start the process because others had ‘triggered’ her into thinking ‘if you don’t transition, you’re going to kill yourself’.
“You just make people do this, hurt themselves.”
Ms Jeffries (pictured) said she will always bear the scars, physical and mental, of the choices she now regrets
She realized she had made a huge mistake after the double mastectomy when, ironically, someone called her Mason, the name she had already lived with for eight years.
“It felt so foreign and alien to me,” she said, “that name just feels so disorienting to me.”
She wants others to know the pain she endured. “I will never get over it. They are wounds, they are not even scars.
“It’s like I’m still bleeding. I am still processing it and grieving. I was literally raped by the medical industry.
Ms. Jeffries isn’t sure if she would like to be a mother, but she would like to meet someone to share her life with.
For now, she focuses on his health and feels comfortable as a woman.
“Well, I’m a woman…it’s not just that I’m a woman. It’s like my gender is intrinsic to my experiences. Being a woman is integral to who I am.” she declared.
Earlier on Sunday, Channel 7 came under fire for using photos of transgender influencer Grace Hyland in a promotion for the Spotlight episode.
Transgender influencer Grace Hyland (pictured) has slammed Channel 7 for using photos of her in a promotion for the Spotlight episode.
Ms Hyland, 20, took to her TikTok account to slam the network for suggesting she regretted changing her gender.
“I transitioned at 13 and I don’t regret it at all,” adding that she had undergone breast augmentation surgery two days earlier.
“And even though my face is in there, I don’t agree with that, I don’t support this story, I don’t support the sensationalism of it all. Don’t get me wrong Channel 7,” he said. she declared.
There are around 1,000 teenagers on waiting lists for gender treatment across Australia.