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Sex Change: A Simple Guide to Sex Reassignment

Sex Change: A Simple Guide to Sex Reassignment

A sex change is when a person changes their sex or gender by means of substituting male sexual characteristics for females ones, and or vice versa.

Sex change may also occur naturally, such as in sequential hermaphroditism noted in certain species. Nevertheless, the term is used for sex reassignment therapy which includes sex reassignment surgery performed on humans. It can also be used sometimes for medical procedures that are carried out on intersexual people. The term may further be applied to a broader process of altering gender roles (“living as a man” instead of living as a woman or vice versa), which may include but not limited only to medical procedures.

Sex Reassignment Surgery (Male to Female)

This surgical procedure involves changing male sexual organs to form female sex organs. Prior to undergoing surgery, patients go through hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and depending on the time at which HRT starts, facial hair removal. There are also other associated surgeries that patients may choose to undergo, and these include breast augmentation, facial feminization surgery and various other procedures.

Sex Change as a Medical Procedure

People are said to have had “a sex change” when they go through sex reassignment therapy, which are certain medical procedures that are undergone by transgender people to change their sexual characteristics from female to male or vice versa. They term may also mean sex reassignment surgery, which normally refers to genital surgery alone. The term may also be commonly used to refer to medical procedures undergone by intersex people.

Many people view a sex change as factually incorrect. Sex in people is normally determined by the following four factors:

• Gonads (testicles and or ovaries

• Chromosomes

• Hormone status

• Primary sex attributes, and sometimes secondary sex attributes.

Unfortunately not all these factors can be changed:

• Gonads cannot be replaced, but can be removed

• Chromosomes can’t be changed

• Hormone status can be easily changed

• Secondary sex attributes can be changed, but to a certain extent. Existing ones normally through surgery, and non-existing ones induced to develop through hormones.
For instance: the process of changing the male sex anatomy into a good or excellent female appearance with functionality is complicated, but not impossible. However, changing the female sex anatomy into a reasonably male appearance is very complicated and quite often not successful. Functionality is always limited.

Gender reassignment is normally preceded by a process of masculinization or feminization. This is often done through a hormone replacement therapy, where for those changing to male androgens are prescribed and for those changing to female antiandrogens and estrogens are prescribed. The minimum waiting period before undergoing a gender reassignment surgery is approximately two years. This time period is stipulated by the Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Gender Nonconforming and Transgender People.

Patients normally undergo hormone replacement therapy after going through sufficient counseling, and after living full-time in a particular gender, typically not less than 6 months. Waiting periods vary greatly depending on regulations in different jurisdictions. Most transgender people tend to become medical tourists because gender reassignment surgery is less regulated, less expensive, and is more often than not performed by highly experienced surgeons in places like Thailand.

Why Do People Do Sex Change?

For certain people, being a woman pretending to be a man or vice versa is the closest they can ever get to what they actually feel inside. There are some people out there who are genuinely not satisfied with their actual sex, and a sex change may just be the best option for them because it is what will ideally make them feel like an actual man or woman. Even if it’s not all natural, it will still make them feel closer to what they feel inside than the state they were born in.

They feel that they are not “real” men or women in the state they were born in, unless they do something about their current gender.

Unfortunately most people suffer for years, not only because of not being satisfied with their gender orientation, but also because of the stigma they would face if they opened up to their families and loved ones. Eventually they end up living a lie, which generally makes everything complicated. In general society frowns at people who undergo sex changes, and in worse case scenarios can lead to abuse and persecution.

Not everyone has the guts and pride to get out there and display their new sex change. Most people need to undergo a sex change in order to feel whole and complete within their inner self. For most transsexuals, it’s all about just changing their sex and nothing more. They are not out to seek attention.

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