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Autogynephilia refers to a man’s sexual arousal at the thought of himself as a woman, and is considered a type of transsexual gender dysphoria. The term can be thought of in contrast to autoandrophilia, which refers to a woman's sexual arousal at the thought of being a man. There is a distinction within the classification of autogynephiliacs between heterosexual and homosexual desire.
Autogynephilia is also referred to as Blanchard’s transsexualism typology, or Blanchard’s autogynephilia theory (BAT).
Autogenephilia can be classified into four different types:
Autogynephilia is typically associated with gender identity disorder, although it is not necessarily the same disorder.