I Got An Orchiectomy, Here’s What It Was Like

Lacey Artemis
Aug 24 · 17 min read

CONTENT NOTE: mentions of and discussions of various surgeries, but nothing in graphic detail. This article is mostly about the recovery process.

Side Note: Unless you’ve been given permission, it is extremely uncouth to ask a trans person if they’ve had surgery, so pretty much don’t do that.


an illustrated image showing a common method for performing an orchiectomy. However, this was not how mine was performed.

Fun Fact — trans women’s genitals tend to shrink while on hormone replacement therapy, whereas trans men’s genitals tend to grow larger. (Breasts are not technically genitals, they have just been over-sexualized to the point that most people think of them as genitals)


an illustration of where and what the inguinal canals are


Lacey Artemis

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perpetually curious, creatively inclined social introvert. transgender & neurodivergent. she/her www.artemiscreates.com

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