Ever wondered what’s involved in transitioning from a male to a female body?
A video posted by the European Society of Urology explains in step-by-step animation, the complex procedure involved in turning a penis into a vagina. This is an increasingly popular procedure in the transgender community, commonly known as gender confirmation surgery.*
Fair warning: the five-minute animation is not for the faint-hearted. It shows a surgeon opening the scrotum and removing the testicles and head of the penis to expose nerve endings in order to form a clitoris. The remaining penis shaft and scrotum are then transformed to generate a vaginal canal and labia.
The reshaping of the genitals allows transgender women to have the appearance and function of a normal vagina, including allowing for penetrative sexual intercourse.
Patients undergoing a drastic procedure like this have typically already undergone extensive psychological testing and hormone replacement therapy.
The animation has been hailed as a critical tool to help the wider population understand the grueling physical journey often undertaken by transgender people seeking to be more comfortable in their bodies, and to confirm on the outside who they are on the inside. Although people from around the world who identify as transgender are still alienated, attacked and condemned, studies show genital confirmation surgery has an overwhelming positive effect on a transgender person’s overall well-being.
Research conducted by Essen University Hospital’s Department of Urology found over 90 percent of patients who had undergone male-to-female gender confirmation surgery felt more at ease with themselves, and overwhelmingly said that their expectations had been fulfilled by having the procedure.
Unfortunately, female-to-male gender confirmation surgery isn’t a simple process, though in recent months there has been some exciting progress.