Gender-affirming surgeries change primary or secondary sex characteristics so that they correspond with one’s gender identity.
Many trans and gender diverse people are happy with their bodies, or find comfort with their bodies through non-surgical means. Only you can decide whether surgery is right for you.
Research shows that gender-affirming surgeries may result in:
- feeling more comfortable and at ease in your body
- an enhanced ability to be read by others as your gender
- a more satisfying sex life
- an ability (with some surgeries) to take a lower dose of hormone therapy, reducing associated risks and unwanted side effects
- increased safety and comfort in public situations (i.e. when using pools and gyms, interacting with healthcare providers, crossing borders, interacting with police)
- an improved ability to fit in your preferred style of clothing
- the ability to stop binding, padding, packing or tucking
If you do decide that surgery is right for you, take a look at the how to get surgery page
to find out the steps involved.