Third times the charm?

And its relation to my pelvis injury

Christine Penn

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My wrist tag for this surgery

TW: This is a frank discussion about genitals, related structures, with some medical terms. If you are not comfortable with any of that, you may want to skip on by…

The background and why I needed a third labiaplasty

This is technically my third labiaplasty, when all I ever wanted was one. The first one, was technically for creation (done during GCS — 8/26/2019). They didn’t do a bad job, but I felt somethings could have been done a little nicer; a little better. It didn’t help that I had done some minor damage to my left labia majora during recovery. I didn’t care about it that much, as going from the prior configuration to the new configuration was the much bigger deal at the time. However, there was another issue that absolutely had to be fixed that became apparent after the surgery. Urinary stream angle was off a bit, which was going to force a revision surgery. Since we were going to be doing that, I was asked if there was anything else I was not happy with. So, I decided that it would be nice if we spruced up some things a bit and repaired that damage that I had done during recovery.

This turned into having a second labiaplasty as part of the revision surgery (2/16/2021). It was a pain in the butt to go through the process again (it turned out to be like a mini GCS), but I was very happy with the results this time. The labia now looked the way I thought they should. Peeing angle was fixed, so everything turned out great and I was very happy with the results. I was now thinking I was now done with “bottom” surgery.

But then disaster struck….a biking accident that included a direct hit to the still healing genital area (9/21/2021). During the process, I also broke my pelvis, which has a tendency to cause massive swelling to everything from the waste down. The amount that occurred in the genital area was unbelievable….the end result of which was that all the beautiful reshaping work that was done just 7 months prior was utterly destroyed. As you can imagine, I was in tears. I could see the problems and after all the work I had been through to get them fixed was devastating to me. It was my primary concern at the time while everyone else’s focus was on the harder stuff, like the broken…

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Christine Penn

Trans woman, parent, cyclist, software engineer, author, chef, and many other things.