The short version:Well, we got there in the end. The long version:I was born in Victoria, and had my original birth certificate on hand, so that was lucky. If you weren’t born in Victoria, this is the form for you, and if you can’t find your birth certificate because you were born ages ago and… Continue reading What it’s like to change the gender on your birth certificate to something nonbinary through the department of births deaths and marriages in Victoria.
For me, this was The Surgery. It wasn’t really the periods, though that certainly wasn’t very fun. Mood swings and the risk of the girlier cancers seemed similarly perverse, but they weren’t the biggest reasons either. It was more about reproductive capacity. Pregnancy and motherhood always really freaked me out. It’s not just that I… Continue reading How to have a voluntary hysterectomy in melbourne part 5: gender feelings (mine and others)
This is what my hysto cost without private health insurance, in rough order of payment. I’ll update this as Medicate rebates come in. Initial consultation with surgeon: $200Medicare rebate for initial consultation: $76.80Anaesthetist: $990Medicare rebate for anaesthetist: $250Dr Cilly’s fee: $1600Medicare rebate for Dr Cilly’s fee: $850Hospital fee for the surgery: $2916Hospital fee for the… Continue reading How to have a voluntary hysterectomy in melbourne part 4: money
What you’ll need first persistence, especially if you’re younger than 35 a little spiel prepared about how you’re transgender and you’ve thought about this surgery very hard for years and years and you’re definitely not going to change your mind and sue anyone private health insurance and a year of waiting, tbh. I was uninsured… Continue reading How to have a voluntary hysterectomy in melbourne part 3: advice
This is a very long and boring post for the people who like to know every single detail. links to sections:The days before the surgeryThe day of the surgeryThe days after the surgeryPain and discomfortThings I’m not allowed to do I had a laproscopic hysterectomy with bilateral saplingectomy (medicare item number 35754), which means they… Continue reading How to have a voluntary hysterectomy in melbourne part 2: the boring details of surgery