Genital Reassignment Surgery (GRS), also referred to as Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS), Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) or Male-to-Female (MTF), is a surgical procedure that changes a person’s genitalia to match that of their sexual identity. During this procedure, surgeons will transform the transgender person’s pelvic area to create a neo-vagina. This procedure is also known as vaginoplasty. Post-operative vaginal dilation therapy is an integral component of keeping a transgender woman’s neo-vagina functional.
Genital Reassignment Surgery (GRS) surgeons will advise their patients on the proper use and frequency of post-op dilation. As part of their physical transition, a transgender patient will typically begin using vaginal dilators a few days after surgery. Vaginal dilation therapy is almost always required for life, as sexual intercourse in place of dilation may not be sufficient.
Did you know?
- Over 3,000 genital reassignment procedures were conducted in the United States in 2016.
- More than 1.3 million Americans identify as transgender.
- At least 400 US cities and counties have transgender-explicit non-discrimination laws.