Oct 172013

This post is a legacy page, and was part of an on-going series, Trans 101 for Trans People. It covers questions about medical transition, hormones, surgeries, or seeking health care for transgender people.

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  13 Responses to “Transgender Q&A – Surgeries – Orchiectomy”

  1. Awesome article, you covered all the important points and common questions I get.

    • So glad to hear that. 🙂 Let me know if any more pop up and I’m happy to add them… that way you can just refer them instead of answering the same questions over and over again.

      If I can modify anything in my language to be more welcoming to non-binary identified individuals, do let me know.

  2. “Removal of the testes greatly reduces any chance of testicular cancer.”

    Wouldn’t it be more like a total elimination?

    • I’m generally hesitant to say anything completely eliminates a risk. I can conceive of a case where there are a few cells left and those happen to go cancerous. I’m not saying that will happen or is even likely, but since there might just be a chance… Especially since I am not a medical professional… Better not to lead people into a false sense of security. If your physician says you’re at no risk, I’d go with what s/he says.

  3. […] orchiectomy removes the testicles and scrotum sack (see Open Minded Health again for a more info on this surgery). The primary benefit of an orchiectomy would be to remove […]

  4. so i have a question im a mtf transsexual and i will be having the surgery soon how will your body work then will you gain hips and more breast and femal fetures will yu have to take a testosterone blocker still???

    • Congratulations on surgery soon!

      If you’ve been on estrogen and a testosterone blocker for 1-3 years then most of the changes that will happen already have. The big difference is that, once your testes are removed, you will no longer have to take a testosterone blocker. Some women choose to stay on a low dose of the blocker because they like the feeling, but many go off it entirely. Your estrogen dose may also be lowered, depending on what your physician recommends.

      After 3-5 years on estrogen you’re pretty much done with the physical changes, just like your first puberty in your teens. If you’re unhappy with your breast size, facial features, or body shape then you might want to consult with a physician and/or therapist to explore your options.

      I hope that answers your question. 🙂

  5. I am having my surgery for removal of my testicals and scrotum next month have been on estrogen for two years,I have no wish to have further surgery .
    Can the scrotum be removed at the same time as the testicles?

    • The scrotum can be removed at the same time as the testes, Helen, but you have to talk with your surgeon about it. It’s a different surgery and requires different tools and timing.

      Best of luck!

  6. Thanks for your help I will keep you posted my appointment to meet the Doctor is 3rd March we will see how we go,

  7. […] had a bilateral orchiectomy – a removal of the testes – two years […]

  8. I am currently intending to have my scrotum removed. I am also slowly transitioning to submissive female & want my male levels drastically reduced. Also removal will allow greater freedom of feminine walking & no bulges!
    Also I will start taking hormones this month.
    My partner who is also transgender is by my side in all.
    I assume I am headed on the right path?

    • The path that makes you happy and relieves your dysphoria is the right path. If you feel you need it for your mental health, pursue it.

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