The genitalia of transgender people can vary depending on their gender identity, the type of surgery they have had, and their individual anatomy.
- Trans womenwho have not had bottom surgery typically have male genitalia. Some trans women may choose to have hormone therapy, which can cause the clitoris to grow larger and the scrotum to shrink. Others may choose to have genital surgery, such as vaginoplasty, which creates a vagina from tissue from the penis, scrotum, or other parts of the body.
- Trans menwho have not had bottom surgery typically have female genitalia. Some trans men may choose to have hormone therapy, which can cause the clitoris to enlarge and the labia to shrink. Others may choose to have genital surgery, such as phalloplasty, which creates a penis from tissue from another part of the body.
It is important to note that not all transgender people choose to have bottom surgery. Some transgender people are comfortable with their biological sex and do not feel the need to have surgery. Others may choose to have surgery but may not be able to afford it or may not have access to surgeons who are experienced in transgender care.
It is also important to remember that genitalia does not define gender. A person’s gender identity is their internal sense of being male, female, or something else. Genitalia is simply a physical body part.
If you are interested in learning more about transgender genitalia, there are a number of resources available online and in libraries. You can also talk to your doctor or a transgender support group.
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Trans genitalia refers to the anatomical characteristics of transgender individuals after they have undergone gender-affirming surgeries or hormonal interventions to align their physical attributes with their gender identity. The specific changes that trans individuals seek will depend on their gender identity and may vary from person to person.
For transgender women (assigned male at birth, transitioning to female), gender-affirming surgeries may include procedures such as vaginoplasty, which involves creating a neovagina. This surgery typically involves using the penile skin to construct the inner lining of the neovagina, while the scrotal skin may be used to create the labia.
For transgender men (assigned female at birth, transitioning to male), gender-affirming surgeries may include procedures such as chest reconstruction surgery (mastectomy or “top surgery”) to remove breast tissue and create a more masculine chest contour. Additionally, some transgender men may undergo procedures such as metoidioplasty or phalloplasty to create a neophallus.
It’s important to note that not all transgender individuals pursue or have access to gender-affirming surgeries, and each person’s journey is unique. Some transgender individuals may opt for hormonal interventions alone, which can lead to changes in secondary sexual characteristics such as breast development or facial hair growth, without undergoing surgical procedures.
The specific choices regarding gender-affirming surgeries and other interventions are highly personal and depend on individual preferences, access to healthcare, and available resources. It’s essential to respect and affirm each individual’s self-identified gender and to support their decisions regarding their own bodies and identities.