Does anyone know how effective orchiectomy is at reducing body hair? I am transgendered, but I probably won’t go through an entire sex reassginment (though I will have some surgical modifications to my face, etc.) However, I detest my body hair. I don’t tolerate Aldactone well, so I wanted to look into surgery. Before I do it, though, and I want to know what effects to expect. Is it worth it, or will the hair reduction be minimal? I know that everyone’s body is different, but I just want to get a general idea. Thanks.
Orchiectomy will have the same effect as a high does of anti-androgens.
Neither treatment will reduce your facial hair, and you can expect mild to moderate reduction in body hair. I recommend using wax or rotary epilators for a year or two, after which you’ll have a good sense of how much hair will be reduced. Then you might look into permanent methods.
Thanks, Andrea. I have had almost all of my facial hair removed by electrolysis, so that’s not a problem. I don’t have a lot of money, so I don’t want to blow a lot on laser if I don’t have to. I kind of plan on waiting a year or so after surgery, and tackling whatever hair is left.
Good plan. Body hair can always wait, since plenty of non-TS women deal with that to. Focus on more important things for now…
If i’m not mistaken… if you plan on SRS, then Orchi isn’t recommended due to shrinkage of the scrot** tissue…
Now that I’ve actually READ your post, I realize that you don’t plan on SRS… so… um… I was like babbling for absolutely no reason
this was recently discussed on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TsDoItYourselfHormones/ …
As long as the scrotal tissue isn’t removed and you plan on having grs within 3 years having an orchiectomy beforehand is okay, but the surgeon doing the orchi must peform the procedure a certain way to ensure that there won’t be a scar in the wrong place.