We don’t need to tell you that changing your physical sex as an adult by undergoing gender confirmation surgery (aka sex reassignment surgery or genital reassignment surgery) is a huge decision. It takes genuine inner strength to become who you are and we want to congratulate and celebrate you, wherever you are on your journey.
If you’re preparing to take the last step to transition from male to female (MtF) with gender confirmation surgery, The Pelvic Hub can help you take care for yourself after surgery, and help you maintain your neo vagina in the long term.
Everyone’s experience of MtF gender confirmation surgery, and recovery after surgery, is different. And everyone heals at a different pace. Like with any surgery, it’s normal to have symptoms like swelling and soreness.
Vaginas are complex things, and are generally higher maintenance than penises. Your neo vagina may be susceptible to yeast infections and urinary tract infections, just like a natal vagina is.
After surgery it’s normal for your body to register your neo vagina as a wound. And just like with piercings, your body will try to heal. Because of this, your neo vagina may start to shrink or develop scar tissue called granulation.
Transgender dilation therapy is an absolute must to keep your neo vagina functional, to minimise scar tissue forming, and to prevent your neo vagina losing depth and width. Usually, MtF transgender patients start using vaginal dilators a few days after surgery and keep using them, to some degree, for the rest of their lives.
Your surgeon will let you know how to safely use a dilator, what size they want you to use and how often you need to dilate to maintain your neo vagina. If they don’t, you should definitely ask.
Prepare for your post-surgery recovery with products that have been specially made to help you take the best care of yourself.
We love that these products can help you take care of yourself discreetly from home, but we always recommend that you check with your surgeon or physician before using any products on, or in, your neo vagina.
TendHer reusable perineal cooling pads are perfect for cooling the most sensitive and delicate area of your body. Comfortable, cooling and discreet they are perfect for reducing pain and swelling post-surgery. Also great if you’re prone to yeast infections or urinary tract infections.
You may need a little help sitting without pain in the first few weeks after surgery. The foldable travel pelvic cushion and the deluxe foldable travel pelvic cushion are uniquely designed to take the pressure off your neo vagina, helping you sit a little more comfortably.
Using an intimate wearable that allows you to control the depth of penetration into your neovagina during sex can help you manage any pain you may experience. The Ohnut is designed to feel just like skin. It’s so comfortable (like a gentle hug) you and your partner will barely notice it’s there. And because you no longer have to worry about whether penetration will hurt, the Ohnut allows both you and your partner to focus on what matters most, connection, enjoyment and fun.
Soul Source GRS vaginal dilators were designed in collaboration with a leading surgeon to help transgender women after gender confirmation surgery. They are specifically designed to maintain the integrity and depth of your neo vagina and are recommended by surgeons around the world. They can also be chilled to help with post-surgical swelling, or used at room temperature.Always check with your surgeon or physician before using any dilator in your neo vagina to make sure you have the size, technique and frequency that is safe for your body.
“An invaluable product for women requiring vaginal dilation. The curves and texture conforms naturally with a woman's body. The result is a smooth, satisfying dilating experience while maintaining vaginal depth and diameter." — Marci L. Bowers, MD
Gender confirmation surgery is a big investment but it doesn’t end when you leave hospital. It’s important to take gentle care of yourself after surgery and in the long term.