Dealing With Dysphoria as A Transgender Woman
Gender dysphoria affects thousands of trans people around the world. It is important to address this problem as it is the root of depression and other mental health disorders in the trans community.
Gender dysphoria entails extreme feelings of discomfort or distress emerging from the mismatch between a person’s physical attributes and their gender identity.
If you are a trans person experiencing gender dysphoria, this article looks at a few ways in which you can ease these feelings.
Firstly, it is important to identify what part of your body displeases you and is causing such intense dysphoria.
This may include your face, your breast size, your private parts, your voice, your height, or your entire body shape in general. This article will address some of these aspects and offer solutions that can help alleviate your distress.
Let us begin with voice-based dysphoria. This is particularly common in trans women because hormones do not have any effects on your voice.
Thus, the voice that you are born with is what stays with you. There are two ways in which you can deal with this problem.
First, you can opt for vocal surgery. However, there are many risks associated with it and the procedure will cost you a bomb. The other more commonly sought solution is voice training.
You can learn how to talk in a higher pitch without sustaining damage to your vocal cords by learning from a reliable trainer. It may also help to remember that every person has a unique voice.
There are many cisgender women with deep voices and that doesn’t take away their womenhood.
Face dysphoria is another common issue that we hope to address.
There are features that are considered conventionally masculine, while others are considered traditionally feminine. Many trans women fear that their face looks too masculine.
Makeup can help soften what you may consider to be some of your more harsher or ‘manly’ features. One effective feminizing technique is lifting your eyebrows using makeup.
A lot of trans women swear by shaving off the lower portion of their eyebrows and redrawing over the region for a raised-eyebrow look.
If you are unhappy with your face shape or hairline or even your brows, facial feminization surgery can go a long way in fading your dysphoria. You can have your jawline and brow bone altered through this procedure too.
Body dysphoria is a prominent issue in the community. You may feel like you are too tall or your breasts aren’t accentuated enough or your hips are too narrow. As far as your breasts are concerned, once you get started on the hormones, they will begin to grow.
If you are still dissatisfied with their size, you can consider breast augmentation surgery. If surgery is an unaffordable alternative, you can always use push-up or padded bras until you save enough money.
If you are concerned about not looking curvy enough, there are a few hacks that can help.
Try to wear clothes that work well with your body type. For instance, wearing clothes with cinched waists can help make your hips look wider. A lot of people also use padding to make their hips look curvy.
A-line skirts and flared dresses can also help you feel more confident if you are dissatisfied with the shape of your hips.
Finally, putting on a few kilos can actually help you. When you put on weight, you can begin to work out to accentuate certain parts of your body like your hips and butt.
The last thing that might cause you dysphoria is your height. If you are way taller than an average ciswomen, you might worry about your femininity.
However, there are many cis women who are 5’11” or taller. In fact, Taylor Swift is 5’11”. While this pointer cannot magically fix your height-based dysphoria, it might feel comforting to know that your height will not make you seem “odd” or “masculine” since there is no genderedness associated with it.
The reason is that both men and women come in all shapes and sizes. Being tall does not make someone any less of a woman.
If you are a trans woman suffering from gender dysphoria, we hope this article has helped you find a few solutions. Gender dysphoria cannot completely go away for trans people, but you can undertake some steps to keep it under control. Good luck!!
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