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Gender-affirming surgeries are procedures that change the look and function of your body. There are many kinds of gender-affirming surgery. They make your body more closely align with your gender identity. Some people choose one or more surgeries. Some don't. It's up to you to decide if it will be part of your gender affirmation.
Gender-affirming care in Alberta There are a number of options available for gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary people in Alberta.
There are different types of surgery that can help you have a more masculine body. You may choose top surgery to flatten your chest. You may also have bottom surgery. This can be done to remove the uterus, ovaries, and vagina. It may also include creating a penis and scrotum.
Top surgery can be done in a few different ways. You might have one or two cuts (incisions). The breast tissue is removed. And your nipples might be reshaped.
These may include:
Bottom surgery may or may not include the creation of a scrotum or the use of testicular implants.
Risks of a penile implant include:
Your recovery will depend on the type of surgery you had.
After chest reconstruction surgery:
If you have surgery to remove the uterus, you'll no longer have periods. And you won't be able to get pregnant.
If you have surgery to remove the uterus and the ovaries, your body will no longer make estrogen. So you may be able to reduce the amount of the male hormone (testosterone) you take.
If you have surgery to create a penis, you may:
There's no right or wrong way to affirm your gender. Some people choose surgery. Some don't. It's different for everyone. Here are some things to think about.
Take the time to understand who you are and why you want surgery. Think about the long-term impact on your social, family, and work lives.
Your decision to have surgery may be based on:
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Try to connect with people online or in person who've been through surgery.
Try to surround yourself with as much love and support as you can. You deserve that.
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Adaptation Date: 5/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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