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There is a lot that needs to be considered before undergoing gender reassignment surgery. Most individuals will have been beginning their transition for some time, and an ideal candidate is someone looking to take the next step.
The best candidate for Gender Reassignment Surgery is someone who is:
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is imperative you speak to someone you trust, are happy in your life and are psychologically ready.
While it depends on the procedure you underwent, it is common to have to do the following:
There are a few procedures for male to female transition that can be performed all at once, however, should you wish or should your surgeon recommend you can only get one or two of them.
Orchiectomy (removal of the testicles)
An orchiectomy is a quick procedure and is often performed as part of a more comprehensive reassignment process. It is imperative to recognise that without testicles male hormone testosterone will not be produced.
Penectomy (removal of the penis)
This procedure can be performed as a single procedure or as part of the gender reassignment process should the individual want to create female genitals. During the penectomy, the urethra will also be shortened and redirected.
Vaginoplasty (creating a vagina)
This procedure is to improve the function of the body part and should not be confused with labiaplasty, which is more for aesthetic purposes. A vaginoplasty is used to create a vagina and is often done so by using the skin of the penis and turning it inside out to create the walls of the vagina. Of course, this depends on the size of the penis and the surgeon's techniques. During this procedure, it is also common to alter the urethra by is shortening and repositioning it, this is another difference in anatomy between men and women. It is also common to include a labiaplasty and clitoroplasty to create female genitals that are aesthetic, minimally scarred, and sensitive to sexual arousal.
The way in which this is achieved varies on the individual, but the following are common procedures used.
Also, tracheal shave (reducing the size of the Adam’s Apple)
Transgender people are individuals who the gender they were born, or assigned at birth, does not fit them. Whether this is individuals born female who identify as male (female-to- male) or individuals born male who identify as female (male-to- female). Transgender people also include people who identify as gender neutral, and/or gender-free—people who may not identify as either male or female. Transsexual people are individuals who choose to medically transition to the gender that is right for them.
Transitioning takes a lot of time, both mentally and physically, and the way it is done differs drastically between individuals. Some people who come out as transgender are only comfortable telling a close circle of friends while others choose to change their name, their pronouns, their style of dress, and their appearance.
A medical transition, such as gender reassignment surgery also known as Sex reassignment surgery or SRS is a big step and is one that you need to talk to close friends, family and at times a healthcare professional before proceeding.
While it depends on the procedure you underwent, it is common to experience the following: