anonymous asked:

So... I'm a fem-androgyne and I REALLY want bottom surgery and a breast reduction. I know the breast reduction would be easy; I could just lose some weight for that. But I don't think I'll be able to get a bottom surgery (I just want a metoidioplasty, I still want all my lady bits, and I don't want any virilizing effects) it really bothers me when I think about it, and last week my dysphoria was kicking my ass. I don't really know what to do about it.

I’m… honestly in the same boat. I just want to not have periods or ever, ever get pregnant, so I’d be more interested in a tubal litigation and top surgery, but it’s virtually the same boat. I also would need to lose weight before I could get top surgery, because the less you have to work with, the less they have to cut off. It’s complicated stuff and it’s expensive, too, no matter where you live. It’s tough stuff. But until that can happen, when I feel particularly dysphoric, I try to spend time with people who care about me and respect my pronouns; that tends to help me not think about it as much. And if I don’t have access to my friends, I try to play a game or read something to take my mind off it. It’s not a permanent fix like surgery is, but it’s a good way to treat the feeling until you can afford something better. 

Also, eating healthy, simple snacks when you’re relaxing can be helpful to your mood, too. Apple slices, carrot spears, maybe some yogurt with honey and granola… all good stuff. The healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to have the energy to keep yourself busy. I hope that this advice helps. 

According to a report from the California state auditor, of the 144 tubal litigations performed on female inmates between 2005 and 2013, at least 39 of the operations were performed without consent.

“Based upon the auditor’s report, the problem is far more systemic,” said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who was one of the legislators who requested the audit. “We now have clear proof that the prison environment is an environment where consent simply cannot be obtained in a responsible, reliable manner for these procedures.”

Dr. James Heinrich, one of the OB/GYNs who requested a significant number of these sterilization surgeries, has told reporters that the money spent sterilizing the inmates was minimal “compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”

Learn more via The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

anonymous asked:

I was mentioning to my friend how doctors patronize their patients by denying them tubal ligations and their stance was basically that you shouldn't be allowed to force doctors to do something they don't want to do-but that's basically their job to provide the patient with the care they feel is best for them. I told them, it was a low-risk procedure and there's no reason why a doctor would be against it other than morals, which they shouldn't force on patients. How do I explain this right?

Obviously, no one can force any doctor to do anything, but if they’re uncomfortable with performing sterilisation procedures, then maybe being an OBGYN isn’t for them. Try being a dermatologist or an opthomologist instead. It’s the same thing with pharmacists who won’t prescribe birth control and emergency contraception. Your job has a high likelihood of attracting clients who want these things. Don’t sign up to do that job if you aren’t willing to do that job.

As for tubal litigation, the reasoning I’ve heard is that many doctors worry that patients will regret it in the future because obviously, all people with fallopian tubes want kids. Are physicians justified in refusing elective medical procedures because of potential future regret? Other procedures are allowed all the time even though they’re not medically necessary, carry risks and the person might regret it down the road. If discussions have been had with the patients about risks and the possibility of future regret, then there is no reason why doctors should not provide sought after medical care.

i saw that post going around about how theres a big waiting period for women to get tubal litigation and while i agree that’s terrible if you have a medical condition that requires it, there is a good reason why there’s a long waiting period before you can have one. Eugenic influences in the 19th and mid 20th century influenced doctors to talk black and Latino women into getting tubal litigations to *curb their reliance on welfare by making sure they don’t have children*. Nowadays there’s a lot of paperwork and waiting time that goes into making sure that women who go in for tubal litigations aren’t manipulated into the decision by racist doctors with ulterior eugenic motives. Getting rid of this period could make a lot more black and Latino American women more susceptible to this abuse and manipulation.

anonymous asked:

I understand people's desires for sterilization, but there's a much easier way and it's not permanent: The IUD. It's way safer than surgery, has the same effectiveness of tubal ligation (99%), comes in hormonal and non-hormonal methods, can last between 5-12 years, and the hormonal Mathias can stop your period all together (which tube tying cannot do), it's cheaper than surgery, and if you ever do change your mind (cause shit happens) no need to worry. This is why docs are reluctant sterilize.

Doctors are reluctant to sterilize because they do not trust patients to know what they want. We’ve had several people tell us their experiences with docs refusing to perform tubal litigations because “everyone wants babies.” Yes, long term forms of BC like the IUD can have similar contraceptive effects, but that does not help people with dysphoria or those who simply don’t want one. Doctors need to listen to their patients and stop using sexist excuses to deny treatment. I think doctors should require people be educated about the alternatives, risks, pros and cons, then made to sign a contract that stipulates that they may not be sued should their patient later change their mind and be done with it. This idea that people don’t know what they want needs to end.