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. 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.
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.
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.
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- 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.
- Hess, J.; Henkel, A.; Bohr, J.; Rehme, C.; Panic, A.; Panic, L.; Rossi Neto, R.; Hadaschik, B.; Hess, Y. (27 May 2018). "Sexuality after Male-to-Female Gender Affirmation Surgery". BioMed Research International. Hindawi Limited. 2018: 1–7. doi:10.1155/2018/9037979. ISSN 2314-6133.
- "Transfeminine Bottom Surgery". University of Utah Health. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- "Dilation Instructions" (PDF). University of Utah Health. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- "Vaginoplasty - Fit and Fabulous". Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery. Retrieved 22 February 2021.