Vaginoplasty

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Surgeries and procedures

A vaginoplasty is a medical procedure, typically where doctors create a vagina from skin and tissues from the penis and scrotum; however, there are many forms of vaginoplasties. The doctor creates a clitoris using the tissue from the head of the penis; the majority of transfeminine people who have vaginoplasty can still orgasm with the same intensity or greater intensity after recovering from the procedure.[1][2] Tissue from the foreskin is used to create the vaginal opening (introitus), and skin from the penis and scrotum is used to create inner and outer labia.[3]

Some time after the vaginoplasty surgery, the patient needs to start a regimen of dilating their vagina, and continue this for one year. Physical therapy for the patient's pelvic floor is also important post-surgery.[3][4]

Vaginoplasty is different from a vulvoplasty because it involves creating a vaginal canal.[3]

People who already have vaginas can also undergo a procedure called vaginoplasty, although in that case it is a wholly different procedure which, instead of creating a vagina, merely "tightens the vagina and surrounding muscles and soft tissues" in order to increase sexual satisfaction.[5]

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  1. Boskey, Elizabeth; Ganor, Oren (7 January 2021). "Sexual health and gender-affirming care". Harvard Health Blog. Retrieved 27 January 2021. Vaginoplasty restructures the head of the penis into a clitoris and creates a vaginal cavity. In one study of 119 vaginoplasty patients, 90% of transfeminine people who had the surgery reported that they were still able to have an orgasm, and 75% said their orgasms were either the same or more intense than before.
  2. Hess; et al. (27 May 2018). "Sexuality after Male-to-Female Gender Affirmation Surgery". BioMed Research International. doi:10.1155/2018/9037979.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Transfeminine Bottom Surgery". University of Utah Health. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. "Dilation Instructions" (PDF). University of Utah Health. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  5. "Vaginoplasty - Fit and Fabulous". Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery. Retrieved 22 February 2021.