Transsexuals, like all other people who wish to alter their bodies through surgery or otherwise, face a unique set of risks. For transgendered individuals, having the wrong body type can be devastating. Because of this, it is important for transgendered individuals to arm themselves with as much information as possible about their body, specifically the risks that they face and how they can overcome them. A good starting point is to educate yourself as much as possible about your body, including its classification as male or female, your physical options after surgery, and your rights as a transgendered (or transgender) individual. This information will help you make informed decisions about your surgical options, including which surgeon to use, and whether you are a candidate for breast reconstruction, genital surgery, rhinoplasty, and/or hair transplant.
Some transgender people use their chosen name when they talk about themselves, but others prefer not to. For instance, some transgender people use the word ” transgender” to describe themselves and prefer to be called something else, such as “hetro-sex-change” or “transsexual.” Using the term ” transgender” as a self-identifying term does not diminish the reality that they are suffering with gender dysphoria, a common but serious mental health condition affecting up to five percent of the transgender population.
A growing number of transgender people use the internet to research the possibility of having a sex reassignment procedure. More doctors are welcoming this online community, and many websites offer information on intersex surgeries, which was once taboo. In addition, many websites offer information on how to conduct private consultations with qualified surgeons, where to find sex reassignment surgeons in your area, and what to anticipate during your surgery. Some websites also offer forums where transgender people share information about their lives and what experiences have brought them to seek the assistance of a qualified gender therapist or physician.
Transgender groups are another venue for which transgender identity terms are used. Transgendered (TGL) individuals often belong to a group, such as the Gay and Lesbian Community (GCLC), which provides information, support, and referrals for transgender people. The GLBT community has been an advocate for equal rights for gay and lesbian people, and their inclusion in the community has helped improve the lives and situations of many TGL people. Transgender groups can be found online and through local organizations; some have even formed local chapters.
Some transgendered (TGH) individuals choose to pursue surgery as a means of changing their gender identity, but others want to retain their gender assigned at birth. In these cases, they would likely still want to undergo hormonal therapy or medical intervention to restore their bodies to normal appearance. The terms “intersex” and “transsexuality” are used to describe these situations, but there is no clear agreement as to what these terms mean. Some people use the term “intersex” to separate the cases of intersex people who were born with physical characteristics of both male and female, and those who were born with features that fall outside of the usual male and female combinations. Others prefer to use the term “transsexuality” to describe those who feel their gender assigned at birth doesn’t match their actual gender identity.
Although most intersex people feel like they fit into the categories of “male” and “female,” this isn’t always the case, and not all intersex individuals feel comfortable sharing their gender identities with the rest of the world. Many intersex children are rejected by their families when they announce that they are undergoing treatment to undergo a certain gender transition, because “everyone else” knows that the child is intersex. This is why many intersex adults turn to transgender (TGI) counseling, which has become more accessible due to advances in quality, safety, and information. There are several different types of transgender counseling, ranging from long-term relationships with a therapist to short-term consultations with a therapist or doctor.
Transgender therapy aims to give clients a healthy and accurate understanding of their gender identities. In addition to learning how to understand and support their gender identity, clients are taught about the significance of physical, mental, and psychological health. Transgendered people are encouraged to maintain a healthy body image, and to lead as fulfilled lives as possible. All of these elements will play an important role in the client’s mental health and well-being. Some transgender counselors even offer counseling specifically geared toward the needs of gender fluid people.
Some gender identity terms are used interchangeably with gender dysphoria, such as transgendered, transvestites, and hirsutism. These terms can be difficult for someone to grasp at first, so it’s a good idea to take a class or talk with a therapist about them. When people learn about these terms and how they differ from their own experiences, they can begin to better understand their own experiences. It may also help to know which terms are used to refer to different groups within the larger transgender community. Within the transgendered community, there are two specific groups: the transgendered (or cisgendered) and the transsexual. There is still much work to be done for the transgendered community, but their rights are beginning to form a strong foundation.