Frequently Asked Questions about Transitioning


I’m too old to transition?

No, no matter your age you can always transition. Of course there are limitations, but it’s never too late to be yourself.

How much time does transitioning from male to female take?

(the answer to same question for female to male is coming up soon)

There is no fixed timeline for transitioning. But you can keep the following things in mind.

The medical part of transition starts for most people by seeing a psychiatrist. This can take 1 to 6 months to get a Gender Identity Disphoria (GID) certificate.

After getting a GID certificate many people consult a Endocrinologist to start Homone Replacement Theraphy (HRT). The HRT feminizes the body over a period of around 1 to 2 years. Even after this period HRT needs to be continued to maintain the feminization.

With the GID you can opt for Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). Recovery from surgery may take 1 to 6 months. Since this is the most expensive part of transition , most people take time to do it. They first start HRT as it feminizes them over time and at the same time they save money for the surgery.

What does transition cost?

Before the Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) you will have get a Gender Identity Disphoria (GID) certificate that you are fit for the gender transition. The cost of the psychiatrist will be around Rs. 500 to Rs. 1.000 per session. You might need around 6 session for the entire evaluation.

The SRS for the genitals will cost around Rs. 1.25.000 to Rs. 4.00.000

The Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which will cost around Rs. 1.000 per month.

Is it safe to transition?

Is there legal marriage for trans people after completion of transition?

If you changed your legal gender marker on your documents to male or female there are no restrictions. In case your gender marker is third-gender or transgender there might be some challenges at this moment in time.

How do I connect with other transgender people?

Join the Talk Forum, write a message introducing yourself and get connected.

Are their any job opportunities for transgender people?

There are many job opportunities, both after and during transitioning. For all levels, no matter you qualification or skill set. For example:

Police subinspector Prithika Yashini

HR Consultant Vihaan Peethambar

College Principal Manabi Bandopadhyay

Lawyer and Bodybuilder Aryan Pasha

Cinematographer Satya Rai Nagpaul

Satya Rai Nagpau is an award winning cinematographer and FTII graduate, trans man, and trans rights activist,

Pastor Esther Bharathi

Pastor Bharathi is not only preaching but also raises awareness on trans issues.

These are the success stories of openly transgender people, however there are lahks of unheard success stories!

Need help finding a job?

You can contact to get support finding a suitable job.

How do I find a transfriendly specialist?

There are many references to transgender specialists on the Talk forum. Cannot find any close to you? Join the forum and ask the Transgenie.

Can I travel from India to another country or vice versa?

This depends on the country where you are going to. Read here some experiences of Indian Transgender people passing travelling:

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