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Hi All,

I'm putting my hand up and admitting that I was very driven to remove my penis and really didn't research what I was actually getting (I believe this is quite common)

I had read up on the dilation and the immediate post surgery details but that was about it

what I hadn't done was investigate what a vagina looks like (I haven't seen one for a while and definitely not in detail) infact what you see is the vulva!! (hell I'm not 100% on this)

4-5 weeks after the surgery is when I really looked into everything in more detail and even then I found it difficult to work out what I have and what it should be like or will be like

I have learnt like penises vaginas are not all the same and that goes for transgender ones too but that's all i know not sure if there are good or not so good ones

I had my 2nd post op check up and this time I was a bit more prepared with questions I also took a small mirror so I could have a quick guided tour of where everything was and what it was (my surgeon is an expert on the subject)

I also asked more questions about what to expect in the future

fortunately even with my ignorance I am perfectly happy with results so far but definitely could of been a case of buyer beware



Not me!

I did thorough research for many years before I finally committed to transition. I knew exactly what I was getting. I am very familiar with human anatomy, so there were no surprises with my new body. I calculated the costs both financially and personal issues. I accepted the pain and difficulties associated with recovery.

I am much happier now. I always advise everyone who is thinking of transition to go into this with both of your eyes wide open and consider every possible situation. No surprises. No regrets.


Yes as you say, we only really see the vulva unless inspecting properly!

Although being 99% certain I wanted MDV (as no dilation required and as I am mainly asexual), I still waited to discuss both options with my surgeon at my Consultation last November. I listened and this gave me complete confirmation.

I wanted removal of male parts and fitting of female parts both to the same degree. Perhaps I could have done more research on appearance of female parts. Gladly at my Consultation, I was shown pictures of my Surgeon's work and was told MDV will result in my body resembling (to the eye) a ciswoman's body which it does.

So far, no problems have occurred to me but I attend my Post Op check on August 6th.


Pamela xx

I think genitalia, both male and female, are ugly. So, I have no desire to gaze at either.

However, I have seen my vagina as I had a patch inside me that wouldn't transition to a mucous membrane and would bleed in coitus. So, my gynecologist took a look inside with his camera and I also got to see inside me. It was then that he said he wouldn't have known I was trans if I hadn't told him, that he would have assumed I'd had a hyst. That gave me great confidence because he was a gynecologist of renown. He also asked permission to talk to my surgeon, which I gave him, as he was mystified how my surgeon had given me a vagina and vulva so normal in appearance. Still, I don't want to see it. Once was enough.

To answer your question, Carla, I transitioned when the Internet was just a pup. I did read a couple books.

I did a lot of research on the appearances of female sex organs. I originally thought that there was an ideal to go for, but it eventually became apparent that (a) there was a huge variation in the outward appearance of the vulva and labia in women and (b) not to stress too much about the final outcome from surgery.

That being said, I do think that each individual surgeon does go for a certain look - you can see this when comparing batches of outcomes from one surgeon vs. another. That is why I think it is important to look at groups of photos from one surgeon to another to see if you prefer a particular look. In addition, labiaplasty is always an option as a second-stage procedure for improving visible appearance, and some surgeons still do a first-stage with the intention that there will be a follow-on labiaplasty. So even if you’re not happy with the appearance after the first surgery, there is definitely much that can still be done to provide a better outcome.



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