Sex Change Thailand
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For those experiencing discrimination or very high costs for sex change surgery, Thailand can be an attractive option.
Sex change in many countries is a taboo subject and surgery for sex change can be very expensive. Recent studies show however, that more and more transgendered people are not willing to suffer remaining in the sex of their birth.
One in 500,000 males and one in 2 million females have sought sex change surgery, according to a research paper, On the Calculation of the Prevalence of Transsexualism, by Femke Oyslager and Lynn Conway, presented to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in Chicago. Other researchers estimate that this number is increasing by 14 percent every year.
The quality of Thailand’s doctors and hospitals, low costs and hospitality of the Thai people can make Thailand an ideal destination.
What is Sex Change Surgery?
Sex change surgery, gender reassignment surgery or sex reassignment surgery (srs) are alternate names for the same procedure. Sometimes it is called male to female surgery, or the reverse. For a man, orchidectomy is an operation that will remove his testicles. Then, with vaginoplasty doctors will create a vagina for him. For a woman the procedure is more complex because her uterus, ovaries and vagina are removed. Then a penis is created for her from either her vaginal tissue, or extra intestinal tissue in a procedure called penectomy.
Usually the patient receives hormone therapy for a period of time, both before the operation and afterward. This ensures the new transsexual will have secondary sex characteristics, such as beard or breasts, can change and function along with the new genitalia.
Once the surgery is performed it cannot be reversed. So, depending on the country, or regulations of its medical profession, an individual seeking a sex change may be required to have psychiatric or psychological assessment. He or she may also be required to live for a period of time as a member of the opposite sex before being approved for surgery.
Sex Change Surgery in Thailand: Pros and Cons
Legal Requirements for Sex Change in Thailand
Before 2009 there were almost no restrictions made on tourists coming for sex reassignment surgery to Thailand. In November, 2009 new laws were passed saying:
This is similar to laws in many Western countries. Some jurisdictions in the U.S. and other countries do not recognize a person who has had sexual change surgery done in a foreign country as being the new sex.
Consult the Thai embassy or consulate in your area, for a full understanding of all the legal requirements and implications. Legal advice for what is accepted in your jurisdiction is highly advised.
Traveling to Thailand for Sex Change Surgery
The ease and affordability of sex change surgery in Thailand has made it a preferred option for many westerners.
Submit the request quote form on the right for more information on sex change in Bangkok.