Phalloplasty aims to create a neophallus that can potentially be used for penetrative sexual activities, but the ability to engage in such activities can vary among individuals and is influenced by several factors:
- Surgical Technique: The choice of surgical technique and the skill of the surgical team can significantly impact the potential for penetrative sexual activities. Some phalloplasty techniques are designed to create a neophallus that can achieve erections and be used for penetrative sex.
- Functional Outcomes: Phalloplasty procedures often include the creation of a neourethra to allow for urination through the neophallus. This neourethra may also be used for penetrative sex in some cases. The ability to achieve and maintain an erection, if desired, is another aspect of functional outcomes.
- Follow-Up Procedures: In some cases, individuals may undergo additional procedures or revisions to improve the functional aspects of the neophallus, such as enhancing the ability to achieve erections or optimizing the neourethra for sexual function.
- Individual Goals: The individual’s goals and expectations regarding penetrative sexual activities are essential factors. Not all individuals who undergo phalloplasty are interested in or prioritize this aspect of sexual function. The surgical plan can be customized based on the individual’s goals.
- Adaptation and Exploration: Phalloplasty may involve a period of adaptation and exploration for both the individual and their sexual partners. Learning how to use and interact with the neophallus in sexual activities may require time and communication.
- Communication and Consent: Open and honest communication with sexual partners is crucial. Consent and communication about desires, boundaries, and preferences are essential for a satisfying and respectful sexual experience.