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Your Transgender Journey - An Introduction

Many people dream of chucking it all, walking away and starting a new life. And a number of us wish to start that new life as the other gender.

Some who dream of starting over envision themselves becoming an attractive female, comfortably blending into a new somewhat idealized life a completely fresh start. Others imagine a life as female with little lifestyle change; much would remain the same, including one's friends, home, and job. There are many ways to successfully transition and it is usually different for everyone.

Along the way you will have a lot of questions about how to be able to do it. Some of the questions are very practical, some theoretical and some personal.

The purpose of TransGenderCare is to share our experiences with those who envision doing what we have done for others. In that regard, it is personal and intuitive. It is also based on scientific data from our observations as treatment providers. We do have an enthusiasm and respect for those who have the fortitude and drive to make their lives whole. We have a love for helping others through what we have learned, as well as a love of learning new concepts ourselves. We will share with you what we have learned, and some of the things we have done and seen during our treatment of transgendered women.

From many peoples' perspective, including ourselves, transgendered individuals are often ready to take on a challenge, to have fun, who refuse to settle for anything less than a very full, complete life. The aim of this Site, however, is not to sing the praises of transgendered individuals.  Rather, what we hope to accomplish is to give you some insight into what it is like to transition successfully into a new gender role.

We hope to get you to think about what you are doing or yearning to do even if that involves saying things that conflict with your own outlook on life. In that regard, we have tried to pull no punches when it comes to the difficulties, as well as the joys, of starting a new life. You may not agree with some of the things that we say. That is fine. Certainly you must ultimately decide matters for yourself. It is, after all, your own personal journey. We hope you agree that if you want to undergo a gender change, a new understanding and a new way of thinking are very important. You may even discover that changing your body is less challenging than changing some of the ways of your thinking.

This Site is written from the perspective of the transgendered individual and the treatment provider. We have not glossed over anything that accompanies the experiences of a transgendered woman towards the goal of gender transition.  We do not afford ourselves the luxury of simple theorizing or giving middle-ground viewpoints so as not to impinge on a currently popular attitude or special interest group. Here we describe the reality of transition, that collective of physical, emotional and lifestyle changes, instead of the uncertain agenda that might be called "transgender correctness." Consequently, we have opted for frankness rather than sugar-coated and comfortable political platitudes.

If you have visited a number of transgender health sites, you probably have seen a good deal of conflicting information, treatment information laced with testimonials, and a procession of bad outcomes with little in the way of avoiding one yourself. The Internet provides a great offering for most of us in the form of diverse information, but it is also a contributor to bad decision-making. Despite all of the Internet's content, treatment choices are fraught with more peril than just a few years ago. Web rings, formal or not, create singular viewpoints while creating the illusion of diversity; many providers, such as electrologists, therapists, physicians and surgeons, are not properly represented although their work is exemplary -- and other providers are over-utilized while their services are expensive and, at times, somewhat mediocre. In other cases, the Internet provides a quick and effective means of creating less than honest online personas (via email aliases and countless messages containing misleading information) along with touts (with their own websites), all with the intent to lure those willing to listen toward certain services or products.

This Site is not about how to make things right on the Internet. It is a site about what is, not a site about what ought to be. There is no rule book on what treatment or lifestyle approaches are good and bad. You will not find a list of resource links pointing you toward "the answer." We neither encourage nor disparage the use of particular providers. No revealing pictures of appalling (or wonderful) outcomes. Like Buddhists, we attempt to walk the middle path.

While we offer what we believe is a comprehensive transgender health care service in the form of Tampa Gender Identity Program, it is quite possible to use our site outside of using our services. Whether you are a TGIP patient or not, the information here is representative and can be applied to your individual circumstance.

TransGenderCare is here to allow one to gain insight, and specifically, to take responsibility for your actions and the consequences. You might think that transitioning is living your dream. It probably may turn out to be not so much a dream as an adventure.

Adventures have perils and risks, there are personal problems along the way, many things that are not fun, and treatment outcomes that don't always live up to expectations sometimes for no better reason than "that's just the unpredictability of life."

But it is important to realize that the final outcome of your transition and finding happiness along the way is "up to you."

For a more in-depth look into gender and transition, please see What is Gender and Who is Transgendered? and Gender Expressions.


Information provided and accessed through TransGenderCare.com is presented in a summary form and should not be used as a substitute for a consultation or visit with a physician, psychologist, electrologist or other health care provider. (See Terms & Conditions.) 

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