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Why Do Transmen Have Surgery?

Feb 13, 2018

Why Do Transmen Have Surgery? When making a gender transition, people have a number of decisions to make. How can doctors best advise them? A recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study explored this question.

Many transgender individuals decide to have gender-confirmation surgery, during which the attributes of their birth gender are changed to accommodate their desired gender. For example, transmen who have female-to-male surgery may have their breasts removed and a penis surgically created.

Transmen have several surgical choices. They may opt for phalloplasty, during which a penis is created using tissue from the forearm or thigh. Or, they may opt for metoidioplasty, which uses the existing clitoris after it has elongated from testosterone therapy.

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