Consider what you are hoping for out of your surgery, and explore which option may be the best fit for you. All surgeries have different benefits, complications and risks. It is important to figure out what you think is best for your body.
Work with your primary care provider when you are deciding the type of surgeries you want to have as this might influence the surgical readiness assessment process. Consider your sexual health when deciding on the external genital surgery, there are several factors to consider:
- Are you okay with having visible scars?
- Is the site of sexual sensation important to you?
- How many operations are you prepared to have?
- What level of risk are you willing to accept?
- Do you have any health-related restrictions on your options?
- What can you afford to do (in terms of aftercare costs, time off work, etc.)?
Other factors, specific to the surgery you are choosing:
- Do you want to still use your internal genitals (vagina)?
- Do you want to urinate standing up or sitting down?
- Do you want to have penetrative sex with your erctile tissue (penis)?
You may also want to discuss reproductive health with your provider should you plan to have children in the future. Visit the Sexual Health and Reproductive Health
page for more information.
For more information around gender-affirming surgeries which are currently funded by BC MSP (see Surgery Funding for funding information), what's involved in and after the procedure and how to access this surgery after completing a surgical readiness assessment, visit their respective pages here: