Understanding the choice and necessity of sex-change operations

20 Mar

As a person whom has undergone this procedure I can say that this is absolutely a necessary life saving procedure. There will always be people that have not dealt with this type of problem or known anyone going through it that will say it is a sickness requiring alternative or no care at all. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The facts are that according to Dutch studies brain autopsies of persons identifying as transsexual have shown pronounced differences in the BSTC regions and hypothalmus. The suicide rate among transsexuals unable to attain said procedure is alarmingly high, and even higher when considering the number which have attempted suicide. This is hardly a procedure a person undertakes on a whim or out of vanity.

To simply be able to qualify for said SRS (Sexual Reassignment Surgery) one must undergo and survive a myriad of smaller procedures leading up to it. Since I am most familiar with the process I had to undertake I will use that in reference and in no way mean to ignore female to male transpersons. First there is psychological counseling of no less than 10 visits on average over a 6 month average with followups until surgery. A second therapist must then concur after sessions with them as well. Then an MD must physically clear the person as fit to undergo the procedure. Endocrinology plays a major role in administering and monitoring hormone therapy. Electrolysis or laser treatment is almost always a necessary evil and is not only time consuming and expensive, but in certain areas it ranges from uncomfortable to downright painful. Now consider almost no insurance company or governmental agency will help with this process when presented legitimately and the cost alone can be staggering.

Socially there is the real life test of one to two years in which a person lives 24/7 in the chosen gender role. Work and social life are all conducted in said manner. Then the legal aspects come into play requiring in most cases a change of name on every document a person has been issued which is necessary to function legally and socially. Furthermore there is the aspect of dealing with the world during this transition which in all too many cases leads to loss of contact with friends and or family as well as social marginalization.

So after just glancing a bare bones snippet into the actual process of simply qualifying for reassignment surgery there is one question to ask yourself. “Does this seem like something a person would willingly undergo if not necessary?” Of course someone wouldn’t do all this at great expense and pain for kicks. It is therefore a necessary procedure to insure a full contented life for such persons and is in no way anything remotely resembling a simple lifestyle choice.

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