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I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone.

You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example.

My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case.

Thanks.

I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone. You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example. My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case. Thanks.

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And even then, the doctor can actually SEE a possible problematic mole.

So that’s not even on a patients say so.

Yeah, I'm a hypochondriac and I point out all my "suspicious looking" moles to my dermatologist and she goes, "nope, they're fine". Even in that minor case they don't cut something off just to soothe a person's anxiety if they don't detect a clinical problem.

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Happened to me too. Gigantic mole, like a raisin that sits on top of the skin. Doctor said “that’s not cancer, mole looks very good, clear borders. If you’d like to remove it, that’d be for cosmetic reasons only and thus needs to be done privately - not through the public healthcare system.”

If I said I’m a boy I’d get both my tits removed for free.

I've got a few of those too, I'm always praying the doc wants to take them! The only one they ever wanted to biopsy was this tiny cute freckle. It is pretty crazy how fast the insurance companies started covering all the trans stuff.