No operation (yet)
Are you still in doubt about whether or not to have genital surgery, or are you on the waiting list? In the meantime, you can take certain steps towards your transition. Even without surgery, there are things you can do to adapt your body that will quell your gender dysphoric feelings. Such 'non-medical' options include penile prosthetics. Perhaps you also need social and/or mental support. Here, we provide relevant information and tips on all these subjects!
Official change of gender without genital surgery
Non-medical option: penile devices and prosthetics
- Body fat and muscles: the way fat is distributed over body and face will change. In addition, muscle mass and strength will increase.
- Body weight: the changing composition of the body (less fat, more muscles) may cause a change in body weight.
- Facial and body hair: hair growth will occur on the face (moustache and beard growth) and body hair increases (abdomen, arms and legs). In addition, testosterone is responsible for the development of male-pattern hair loss (MPHL). Whether this occurs and how rapidly it develops depends on your genetic predisposition.
- Menstruation: menstruation usually stays away after taking testosterone. The timespan within which this happens varies from person to person.
- Fertility: the use of testosterone may reduce your fertility. If you stop taking hormones, fertility may be restored.
- Genitals: the clitoris will grow (by 1 to 6 centimetres).
This text was edited on 7-10-2022
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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Are you starting hormone treatment and/or genital surgery? Then it is important to first consider any future wish to have children of your own and to preserve your fertility.