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JeffBooth
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:05 pm    Post subject: Sexual Reassignment Surgery Reply with quote

It seems to me a statistical probability that some people are going to be unhappy about their sex change operation. Feminist author Julie Bindel is trying to persuade doctors that sexual reassignment surgery is unnecessary and simply mutilation. Having looked into the medical research on transsexualism herself, she claims there is a lack of science behind the diagnosis, no satisfactory research into the outcomes for patients and individual stories of post-operative regret.

I was unaware that there was a movement in radical feminism that objects to the claim that you can be born into the wrong sex. Their argument is that feelings and behaviors that are considered typically masculine or typically feminine are purely socially conditioned.

Arenít we past this argument?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:07 pm    Post subject: Response I accidentally deleted Reply with quote

The following response I accidentally deleted when stipping out all of the spam so I losyt their name, but I did have a copy of it:

This one always bugs me. I, myself, am a transsexual. I had SRS on June 19, and I count it as one of the happiest days of my life. I get very upset when people like this claim that I'm not 'really' a girl, and that my surgery wasn't needed. While I can't say I wouldn't be here without it, I know plenty of people who really wouldn't.

I have not encountered many, if any, person who has had SRS and regretted it. There are some who have had absolute butchers for doctors (Such as pretty much anyone getting it in the UK or Australia), but even they are thrilled.

Is there a lack of research on transsexual treatment? Very much so! It's a rarified population to begin with, and double blind tests are a hard sell. There is also a lot of misinformation, even amongst the medical community. As well, there are a lot of practices that are followed because it's The Way It's Done.

Hormone treatment is one of those areas with very little research, and ingrained habits that doctors follow for lack of options. Most doctors and endocrinologists rely on blood tests, and aim for testosterone and oestrogen similar to that of a post-menopausal woman. There is a growing sentiment in the community, which I myself agree with and follow, that this is quite backwards.

We expect breast growth and feminisation similar to that of puberty (which is itself a misnomer, but neither here nor there), but aim for hormone levels similar to a woman late in life; that makes no sense to many. Instead, some of us are choosing to go with much higher hormone levels, closer to what a pubescent girl would have.

Still, many feel blood tests are not a good guide. I am unconvinced either way on that point; while I understand there is a subjective aspect of seeing where each individual body responds, I am myself uncomfortable with not having some solid data of where I am and how things are going.

So far, though, people seem to be getting better, more consistent results with these higher levels. I have only been on them a few weeks myself; pre-srs I was taking oral hormones (the pill), which are fairly ineffective to begin with as much of the benefit is lost on a first-pass through the liver. I stopped for SRS, as the increased risk of DVT with the surgery, plane flight to Thailand (Did I mention the lack of good SRS surgeons in the world?

The best to be had is in Thailand. There is nothign /wrong/ with that, mind you, but ask the general person what they think about going to Thailand for surgery and see the replies you get! After Suporn in Thailand, the best are in the US and Canada. The UK and Australia, well... Unspeakable, at worst, un-noteworthy at best.

Now that I am back, I have started on injectable hormones. These are absorbed better, and the compound is generally more effective on the body. Or, so it seems; as I said, much subjectivity is there, and little hard research on it.

I know this has strayed a lot, but it's a topic I feel part of a small minority qualified to pontificate on. ^.^

PS: Site is looking good; got the link from the SkepChick blog.
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