Metoidioplasty is a surgical procedure performed as part of female-to-male (FTM) gender-affirming surgery. It involves releasing the ligament that holds the clitoris in place and creating a neophallus (new penis) from the existing clitoral tissue. Metoidioplasty aims to enhance genital appearance and provide improved function for individuals transitioning from female to male.
After metoidioplasty, the size of the neophallus varies depending on the individual’s unique anatomy and the extent of hormonal therapy they have undergone. It is important to note that metoidioplasty results are different for each person, and individual outcomes may vary.
Some potential changes and outcomes after metoidioplasty may include:
⦁ Increased Size: The clitoris, after release from the ligament, may have increased in size due to testosterone therapy. This can result in a neophallus that is larger and more prominent than the original clitoris.
⦁ Urinary Function: Metoidioplasty can improve urinary function by extending the urethra through the neophallus. This allows for a more natural standing urination position.
⦁ Sensation: Sensation in the neophallus can vary, and some individuals report increased sensation and erotic sensitivity following metoidioplasty.
⦁ Sexual Function: Metoidioplasty can potentially allow for penetrative sexual intercourse, although the size and functionality of the neophallus may vary.
⦁ Scrotoplasty: In some cases, scrotoplasty, which involves the creation of a scrotum, can be performed during metoidioplasty to enhance the appearance of the genital area.
It’s important to discuss the specific goals, expectations, and potential outcomes of metoidioplasty with a qualified gender-affirming surgeon. They can provide personalized information based on your unique circumstances and help you understand the potential benefits, risks, and limitations of the procedure. Additionally, working closely with a healthcare team experienced in transgender healthcare can provide guidance and support throughout the surgical process.