MTF Contraindications You Should Know
- Posted on: Feb 28 2019
If you’re self-conscious about the body you’re living in, it can be hard to slow down and think about risks and contraindications to surgery and transitioning. When it feels wrong, it can be hard to imagine taking more time, staying in a body that feels uncomfortable, while you find the right procedures, doctors, and timeline for you.
But, before you rush into a transition, it is important to understand the risks. After all, being in the right body may not feel as good as you expect if you’re dealing with complications from surgery or hormones that were not utilized properly. Keep reading for some of the MTF contraindications you should be aware of before you start the process of transitioning.
You probably already know about the things required before you try to undergo MTF hormone transitions, like:
A mental health evaluation to assess your readiness to undergo the physical and emotional stresses of a transition.
A clear and consistent documentation of gender dysphoria.
A “real life” test, including taking on the role of the desired sex in everyday activities, both socially and professionally.
And while those are important factors, there are other things to consider before you transition. Both hormones and surgery carry significant risks.
Sex Reassignment Surgery (or SRS) carries potential risks and complications. And though the pros may outweigh the cons, it is important to understand the risks to watch out for. Estrogen therapy has been associated with an elevated risk of blood clots for transgender women. You may also have a potentially increased risk of breast cancer.
With all surgeries, there are risks like bleeding or infection, as well as side effects of anesthesia. Talk with your doctor about potential risks related to hormone therapy as well as the surgeries before you begin. Knowing what to look out for can help you get in touch with your doctor sooner, in case complications do arise.
Complications of surgery may include:
- Rupture of sutures
- Skin or clitoral necrosis
- Urine retention due to narrowing of the urethra
- Vaginal Prolapse (or when the upper portion of the vagina loses its normal shape and sags or drops down into the vaginal canal or outside of the vagina)
- Fistulas (or an abnormal connection of two body cavities, such as the rectum and the vagina)
Call us today at (818) 643-2333 to schedule a consultation about MTF transitioning and how we can help you.
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