7 Things to Know Before Male to Female SRS

There are many names assigned to the Bottom Surgery- the SRS, the GRS, the GCS, and so on.

Regardless of what you personally call it, there are various aspects pertaining to this surgery that one must understand before going ahead with the procedure.

Half-knowledge is more harmful than no knowledge at all.

With the abundance of misinformation and knowledge gaps on SRS, this article will explore seven facts you must know about the surgery.   


1.) Pain Level

While pain as a feeling is abstract, and each person experiences it differently, watching YouTube videos of other trans women who have undergone this procedure may not paint an accurate picture of the pain.

However, initially, you may not feel any pain due to the painkillers, but once their effects wear off, it is pretty painful.

It takes a couple of months to fully recover from the surgery, since it is a major procedure, and the nerve endings try to find each other over this span of time.

Moreover, the pain typically fluctuates; so one day might be completely pain-free while on the next day, you may experience intense pain. However, your experience may be starkly different.  


2.) Mental Exhaustion

The procedure and the aftermath, coupled with intense pain can be mentally taxing.

While this procedure is undoubtedly amazing, because you finally feel closer to your identity, there are many aspects of it that are less than perfect.

It is not going to be rainbows and unicorns right after the procedure.

Recovery and transitioning takes some time, as does adapting to all these changes. 


3.) Dilation

For the first three months following the surgery, dilation is a constant requirement.

In fact, you must dilate three to five times a day. If you are just now learning about transitioning, dilation essentially entails inserting an instrument into the vaginal canal to keep it open.

Eventually, the frequency falls to twice a day. Depending on your sexual activity, you may not even have to dilate anymore after a year.

But for the first three months, it’s akin to ear piercing, since you need to put conscious effort to prevent it from closing. 


4.) Recovery

As stated above, healing takes a very long time. Since this is a major surgery, recovery is slow.

Typically, it takes anywhere between six and 12 months before the body is completely healed.

In most cases, doctors state that people can resume sexual activity three months after undergoing bottom surgery.

While this may be possible technically, the fact is that you may not feel up for it for at least five months.   


5.) The Look

Immediately after the surgery, do not expect it to look perfect. In fact, it may even look botched or downright horrendous right after they remove the bandages.

Since it is a major surgery, it would look swollen and probably blue and red. However, within twelve months, the region will recover and everything will seem as you had expected.

Modern science has advanced significantly and the result of a bottom surgery is a very natural looking nether region. 


6.) Sexual Climax

Initially, when you re-enter the dating pool and become sexually active again, you may not experience sexual climax immediately.

As stated above, it takes a substantial amount of time to recover from the surgery and as a result, you may not be able to experience sensations completely down there for the first few months.

But eventually, you will regain most of the sensation, and you will be able to experience pleasure.


7.) Gender Dysphoria

Unfortunately, SRS is not the solution to gender dysphoria. Even years after the surgery, many trans women continue to experience this issue.

However, it might come down by a substantial amount. It is still not a quick or a complete fix.

Some women undergo other surgeries to fix their jawline and Adam’s Apple and so on to further decrease their gender dysphoria. The fact is that there is no one cure. 


So these are seven things worth knowing before making the decision to undergo SRS. We hope it helped. Good luck!!