Preparing to transition from male to female | Dr. Harold Reed | The Reed Centre for Transgender Surgery

(from Wiki-how)  There is no right or wrong way in terms of facial (if needed), top or bottom surgery.

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Physically transitioning from male to female, or becoming a trans woman, is an unique and individual process. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to physically transition. While some trans women may choose to undergo Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS), others may find that Hormone Replacement Therapy is sufficient. Transitioning, regardless of what it entails, is a long, expensive, and risky process that can lead to rewarding results! Be patient and surround yourself with supportive friends and family members.


Preparing to Transition

  1. Contemplate the decision to transition. Accepting that you are transgender, a person who does not identify with the sex and gender assigned to them at birth, is different than committing to a life as a transsexual, a person who has changed or seeks to change their sex through medical intervention and treatment. Transitioning is an irreversible, risky, time-consuming, and pricey process. Before committing to seeking treatment, spend time reflecting upon the decision. Keep a daily journal. Discuss the process with a close, trusted friend or members of a support group.

    • If your town or city does not have a local trans support group, join an online support group.

      Conduct research. Read and learn as much as you can about the transition process. Educate yourself on the benefits, risks, and cost of transitioning. Research the different procedures, prepare yourself to combat discrimination, and estimate the amount of money required to complete your transition. You can gather sources from a variety of places and through different means. Surf the web for information—use keyword searches like “LGBTQ,” “male-to-female,” or “transgender.” Find books and journals at your local library—search by subject in the library catalogue. Members of your support group may also have excellent suggestions. Use them as resources!

      • Each transition is unique, specific to the individual. You may not require extensive hair removal therapy or you could choose to forego breast implants after receiving hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Even though you may not wish to undergo all of the medical procedures, it is still essential that you educate yourself on the entire process. Your knowledge will help you make an informed decision.

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