This section provides information on how to care for yourself after you leave hospital, including a description of what happens in the period following your surgery and what you can do yourself to further aid your recovery.
Directly after your operation
Advice for at home
Hormone use after the operation
Urination and defaecation
Dilation and vaginal douche
Dilation after penile inversion vaginoplasty
Dilation after bowel vaginoplasty
Painkillers and medications
- Painkillers — Paracetamol (maximum 4 x 1000 mg per day) is often sufficient to suppress pain and/or discomfort. Paracetamol has the most impact when taken at set times. If paracetamol is not strong enough, your physician will provide you with a subscription for additional painkillers.
- Prescriptions — Medications can be picked up from the hospital pharmacy. You can also have the prescription sent to your own pharmacy to be picked up from there. You will be able to indicate which of these two options suits you best, when you are discharged from hospital.
- Hormones — You may continue taking oestrogen as you did before the operation, but can stop taking the testosterone blockers.
- Do you like firm or soft rubbing? Pressure? Moving in circles?
- Do you enjoy using a toy?
- Do you use lubricants and, if so, which type do you like the most?
- Do you become aroused when you fantasise about something during intimacy?
This text was edited on 9-9-2022
We recommend that you go through all the information step by step to get a complete picture of the different treatment options and the process around them!
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Dilating is necessary to keep your new vagina open and deep if you have chosen for a vaginoplasty. Read about what exactly dilating entails here.