This is from my Facebook, but it’s probably more appropriate here.
I’m not sure if anyone is noticing the profusion of detransition stories appearing in the news, the National Post just posted one from the Telegraph; I have noticed as I set my media feeds to look for them. These stories generally focus on outlier cases where established protocols are not followed, i.e. people transition not following guidelines, which many people don’t understand exist in a comprehensive state. Though, there are cases where private clinics or private citizens don’t follow protocols. Also at issue here is the use of older junk studies, as many of the modern protocols are pretty recent; it’s very easy to cite out of date studies to cherry pick your data.
Most medical bodies require a minimum age of 18 for SRS, years of therapy, and a sizeable period of HRT. During which time people would likely experience dysphoria over their body changing if they were not trans. You don’t just go get your genitals cut off. Most modern studies peg the regret numbers at between 2 and 4 %. This is much lower than many elective plastic surgeries. Also, the regrets are for incredibly diverse and nuanced reasons.*
I wish the media would stop politicizing our bodies and go fuck off!
*I’ll add to this point here: I didn’t want to get too political on Facebook, but I also realize that most cis people have a very limited ability to critically examine these articles. And why would they? They don’t read trans medical studies, psychological protocols, gender theory, etc. I recently watched a famous Youtuber, Princess Joules, discuss here SRS regrets. This trans woman in no way regrets her transition, but merely the surgery. Why? Her point is interesting and something that keeps me awake at night. You are not signing up for a free fully functioning vagina when you get SRS. No, the neovagina as it is referred to in medical terms is basically an artificial wound that wants to close up. Joules, who if I remember had SRS a few years ago, I following her process, takes issue with the fact that she essentially got rid of her piece so that she could look better in a bathing suit and didn’t realize how much effort and pain a lifetime of post-op dilation would be. That’s right, you need to dilate your neovagina, sometimes 3-5 times a day for the first year plus, and then regularly after for the rest of your life so the wound doesn’t close. I don’t have a nevagina, but I believe dilation involves douching and spending 20 minutes with the spacer in you. That’s a pretty big commitment on top of the insane recovery rate and possibility of atrophy and possibility that you will not be able to orgasm. And you know what, for lots, nah, most trans woman who get SRS, it’s totally worth it. I just want to highlight that it’s not a straightforward process.
I suspect that for women who have extreme genital dysphoria this is a good tradeoff, but if you want to look good in a bikini, it might be better just to tuck. Wanting to keep your penis is not a sign of detransition. Society just needs to accept that some women have them, and some men have vaginas. If only we could trade, hey that’s a good idea! If there are any trans men who want to swap, PM me.