One of the most common questions I get asked is what all the terminology used by transguys means. So a quick A – Z as it were.
Binding is the process FtM use to flatten their chests to create a male-appearance.
Bottom or Lower Surgery
Gender reconstruction surgery.
Chest or Top Surgery
Chest reconstruction surgery is the most common surgical procedure sought by trans men. The aim of chest reconstruction is to create a male-contoured chest.
The bilateral mastectomy method of chest reconstruction surgery that is effective for those individuals who have a medium to large amount of breast tissue.
Female-to-Male Transsexual (FtM, F2M, Trans guy, Transman)
An individual who was born in a female body but whose gender identity is male and who actively seek hormonal and/or surgical therapies to live in society as men.
Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS)
A positive term for the various surgical procedures for FtM including sex reassignment surgery (SRS), chest reconstruction surgery (CRS), genital reconstruction surgery (GRS), hysterectomy and oophorectomy.
A psychological term that refers to the state of discomfort and mental anguish felt by transsexual and transgender people resulting from the incongruity of their physical sex and their gender identity.
An individual’s self-awareness of their gender being male, female or something in-between.
Gender Identity Disorder (GID)
A recognised psychological and medical condition where an individual has been assigned a birth-gender and identifies as belonging to another gender.
An individual whose gender identity is non-binary and identifies as neither male or female but as something in-between, beyond gender or some combination of genders.
Genital Reconstruction Surgery (GRS)
The process of constructing a phallus/penis from an individuals own donor tissue, also known as phalloplasty or phallo, or metoidioplasty where the clitoris from its connective tissue to present in a more phallic manner.
The surgical removal of the uterus.
A condition where an individual is born with either the genitalia or reproductive anatomy that is difficult to label as male or female.
One of the methods used for chest reconstruction that is effective for individuals with small amounts of breast tissue.
The surgical process of releasing the clitoris from its connective tissue so that it presents on the body in a more phallic manner. Scrotal implants may also be added.
The surgical removal of the ovaries.
Packing is the process for creating a more male-feeling or look to the crotch.
Being read as male by others.
A method of chest reconstruction that is effective for individuals with small to medium amounts of breast tissue.
A surgical genital reconstruction method using the individual’s own donor tissue to create the phallus. Scrotal implants may or may not be added.
Real Life Experience (RLE)
The period of time a transsexual person is required to live full time in the role of the gender they identify as before the medical gender reassignment process can commence.
A device that enables the user to stand to pee at a toilet or urinal.
After transition an individual may choose to be stealth and not reveal their transsexual status.
Testosterone is an androgenic hormone that is responsible for producing masculine characteristics such as facial hair growth, deepening voice, body hair growth and muscle development.
The umbrella term for individuals whose gender expression and/or identity differs from the conventional expectations of their birth gender.
The process of changing from one gender to the other.
An individual whose gender identity does not match their birth gender,