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Changing Genders: A Guide to Paperwork

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 23 October 2015

Changing genders requires plenty of life adjustments. Not only must they cope with the physical, emotional, and interpersonal changes that occur, but they must also consider their identification in the eyes of the government and the paperwork that is required as a citizen of Canada. Recent changes in Canada’s documentation requirements for changes in gender have made it easier to update documents such as birth certificates and driver’s licenses. Canada’s Changes Until recently, Canada required transgender individuals to provide proof of their gender surgery. This was also defined as involving both genital and chest surgeries. New changes in policy reflect Canada’s recognition of an individual’s right to define their identity without any specification of their physical bodies or type of procedures that they have undergone. The reforms, which have been implemented by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, make it easy for Canadians to update any gender markers on certificates related to…

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How to Prevent Post-Operative Infections

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 17 Jul 2015

One of the potential complications after surgery is post-operative infection. Throughout any surgical procedure there are a number of ways in which bacteria can enter the body: the incision site itself, catheters, breathing tubes, and drains. Because surgery is generally hard on the body, the immune system is often somewhat…

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Will Pregnancy Affect your FTM Results?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 27 May 2015

If you choose to become pregnant after FTM top surgery, your life will undergo many changes. If you take testosterone supplements, you will need to discontinue them both to allow ovulation and to protect the fetus from unusually high hormone levels. Many strangers may also misidentify you as female, which…

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10 Ways to Minimize Scarring After Surgery

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 22 May 2015

Some scarring is unavoidable after FTM surgery. Your body will always heal wounds using collagen bonds and these bonds, when all facing the same direction, form scars. However, you can take action to make sure these scars are faint and flat instead of red and raised. Why Some Scars are…

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9 Things you May Need After FTM Chest Surgery

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 15 May 2015

FTM surgery is a major operation, and it requires about two weeks to recover. Even more importantly, you should try to stay near your surgeon for your post-op appointments. If you have a surgeon near your home, you can stay there. However, if you get surgery in another city, you…

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