old_windbag wrote:Middle of the road wrote:but I will leave you to look these up for yourself
Can't quite put my finger on it . I know its alternate uses.
I read that the prostate continues growing as we age as men, hence the enlargement, I think castration a little extreme in order to shrink it down but it may allow soprano singing so opening up new avenues. As cyclists they advise not cycling for a few days prior to any tests as it can raise PSA levels and give false reading of issues. These are all things to dread going into middle age added to fading eyesight, loss of hearing, baldness, loss of teeth.
It's one of those parts that leads to many issues mid-life onward. "God/Nature" may have done some nifty design on us generally but when it comes to that part I think it was rushed out to get the job done. But we are outliving our "natural" lifespans somewhat I guess, hence finding new reliability issues on the way.
Never heard the use of cisgender before.
I wish I hadn't put a laughing face on my last post. I wasn't trying to make light of the comment. There are alternative roles that the prostate plays in the body (apart from the obvious to which you've alluded) , but I also don't think that they are relevant to this post.
I'd like to respond to your post and assist with awareness so if the moderators will allow I will digress.
Castration is a term that means losing use of the testes, by whatever means, either chemical, surgical or otherwise. Ochidectomy is a medical term that means surgical removal of one or both testes. It is sometimes used in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer (and of course often in cases of testicular cancer). Prostate cancer needs testosterone to grow so either chemically blocking this with anti-androgens or removal of the testes stops/blocks the production of testosterone.
Removal of the testes doesn't affect the vocal chords so the person having the orchidectomy most likely won't be able to sing soprano, or alto or mezzo. Their vocal range will remain the same. However, Voice therapy can train the speaking and singing voice to extend its range somewhat, hence transgender women can have voice therapy if they wish to raise the pitch of their voices.
Orchidectomy for transgender women can be carried out as part of Genital reconstructive surgery. This isn't an extreme measure, it is a recognised medical treatment and one option in the treatment of Gender Dysphoria. Here's a link to the NHS page on Gender Dysphoria;
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Gender-dys ... ction.aspx
In essence, Gender Dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender. Biological sex is assigned at birth by a doctor and is based on the physical appearance of the genitals. Gender identity is the gender that a person feels themselves to be.
Some people with gender dysphoria have a strong and persistent desire to live according to their gender identity rather than their biological sex and feel great discomfort and pain that their body doesn't match their sense of self. Gender dysphoria isn't a mental illness it is a recognised medical condition. There are a range of treatments and support available through the NHS by referral to a Gender Identity Clinic (GIC). Seeing a GP is the first stage in a referral. Unfortunately there can be a long waiting list, often around or in excess of 2 years to have a GIC appointment.
An assessment will be made by specialists at the GIC, over the course of several sessions several months apart and has the aim of supporting the patient and arriving at a personal treatment plan. This may involve talking therapies at one end of a spectrum to help the person accept themselves or it may involve at the other end of a spectrum, treatment with hormones and dressing and living as their preferred gender, with or without surgery.
I will explain the terms cisgender etc.
Cisgender person = Where their biological sex and gender identity are the same.
Transgender person = A person either a biological male or biological female has a gender identity that isn't the same as their biological identity.
I'd like to support TrailRat and thank her for having the courage to ask her question. She isn't the first transgender person to be a cyclist and she won't be the last. I hope that she can find a saddle that suits her and can carry on enjoying cycling.