Transitioning physically from one gender to an other is never an easy process. There is emotional and physical recovery that can take a lot of time.
As the world becomes more LGBTQ friendly, people are naturally more curious, and the trans community was kind enough to answer a few questions about their gender reassignment surgeries on reddit. What does it look like? How does it feel? What do people you have sex with think about it? Here's how post-op transgender people describe and feel about their new bodies.
Looks fine, feels the same, but "not as stretchy"
"[Male-to-female, two years post-op] It looks fine. Can't do as much with it as a cis woman because it's not as stretchy but that's not a big deal. I've been told it feels exactly the same and it's nice not having to worry about getting pregnant ever. That means with a trusted partner, it's no condoms no worries."
For female-to-male transitions, surgeries aren't good enough yet
"As someone who is female-to-male (FtM), one thing that bothers me the most is my lack of a penis. But like many others, unless the surgeries far advance, I won't be having bottom surgery. The results are far too risky to even consider for me, even though my lack of a penis causes me great distress on a daily basis."
The orgasms are awesome, but different
"It took a while to re-learn how [to have an orgasm] because it's easier to lose it. Unlike if you have a penis, there isn't the "no point of return" thing. You have to want to do it. That said, it feels f*cking great. ...It's definitely different, more whole-body tensing. Mind you, trans women who want the surgery might not have the same positive feelings about doing stuff pre-op as men do. Taking estrogen for a good while also means weaker orgasms prior to surgery. "No post-orgasm sensitivity, but the same loss of interest in sex. Though not quite as strongly."
"Way better than the former set-up"
"I genuinely don't know how my junk's performance measures to other people's as I can only go off my own experience.
That being said, I love my new junk compared to the old arrangement.
After being on hormones [male-to-female] for about seven years, my former genitals had suffered severely from ED and barely worked...
Post-op and fully healed, my vag works way better than the former set up. I have more feeling and the orgasms are way better."