The age restrictions for metoidioplasty surgery vary depending on the surgeon and the individual’s circumstances. However, most surgeons recommend that people wait until they are at least 18 years old before having metoidioplasty surgery. This is because metoidioplasty is a major surgery, and it is important to be mentally and emotionally mature enough to make the decision to have the surgery.

In addition to age, there are other factors that surgeons may consider when evaluating candidates for metoidioplasty surgery. These factors may include:

  • The size of the clitoris: People with larger clitorises may be better candidates for metoidioplasty than people with smaller clitorises.
  • The amount of testosterone therapy: People who have been on testosterone therapy for a longer period of time may be better candidates for metoidioplasty than people who have not been on testosterone therapy.
  • The individual’s goals: People who want a larger penis may be better candidates for metoidioplasty than people who are happy with a smaller penis.

It is important to talk to a surgeon about your individual circumstances and goals to determine if you are a good candidate for metoidioplasty surgery.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care:
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website:
  • The Trevor Project:

There are generally no specific age restrictions for metoidioplasty surgery. The eligibility for metoidioplasty is typically based on factors such as physical development, overall health, and readiness for surgery rather than a specific age range.

The decision to undergo metoidioplasty is usually made in collaboration between the individual and their healthcare provider or surgeon. It is important to have a thorough consultation with a qualified surgeon who specializes in metoidioplasty to assess your individual circumstances and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.

During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate factors such as the development of the clitoral hood and erectile tissue (usually influenced by hormone therapy), overall physical health, emotional readiness, and understanding of the surgical process and potential outcomes. These factors, along with any specific requirements of the surgeon or healthcare facility, will guide the decision-making process.

It is worth noting that the age at which individuals undergo metoidioplasty can vary. Some individuals may choose to undergo metoidioplasty at a younger age, while others may decide to wait until they are older and have completed other stages of their transition. The most important consideration is to ensure that the individual is well-informed, mentally and emotionally prepared, and has realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.

It is recommended to consult with a qualified surgeon experienced in metoidioplasty to discuss your individual circumstances and determine the most appropriate timing for the procedure.