Male to Female Transgender

If you have undergone “bottom” surgery as a male to female transgender patient, then the care that you take after your surgery is crucial for a successful outcome. It is important to know that the aftercare regimen is important to follow — and that the regimen will become a part of a trans woman’s life over the next months and years.

After you leave the hospital, your primary concern is that your neovagina will not only heal properly but also retain its size and functionality. This means that you will have to dilate it with a vaginal stent for a long period of time after the surgery is over. Your surgeon will recommend a specific source for these stents, which range in size from about 1 1/8 inches to 1 1/2 inches or more in diameter. You have to insert your stent to the full depth (four to six inches, if not more) for at least half an hour at a time, several times a day for a number of months after the operation, according to the specific instructions that your surgeon provided.

As time goes by during the post-operative recovery period, you will use stents of increasing size to widen the opening and keep it consistent. Even after several months have gone by, you need to perform dilation at least a couple times a week to keep the vagina at its depth and width, especially if you are going without regular sexual activity. This continues to be a necessity for male to female transgender patients long after surgery. Even if it has been a number of years since the surgery, if you notice that your vagina is developing tightness or shrinkage, it’s important to increase dilation until the vagina returns to its normal size and function.

Regular dilation is a key factor in the long-term success of vaginoplasty for male to female transgender patients. Many of the medical cases in which the surgery turns out not to be a success result from failure to follow the dilating regimen, particularly during those first few months right after the operation has been performed. However, even in the succeeding months and years after the surgery, it is important for male to female transgender patients to remain vigilant about the depth and width of their vaginas. This is the best way to ensure that, over the long term, your vagina functions as it was intended to, and you gain the sexual and aesthetic satisfaction that it can provide for you.

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