Dysphoria in Trans Guys
When transitioning from female to male (FTM) or male to female (MTF) you may experience body dysphoria. In this post, we will be looking at FTM dysphoria & ways you can help feel better about yourself.
Body dysphoria is a feeling of distress or discomfort with how you look – for a trans guy your body may hold more female characteristics which do not fit your gender identity.
This is a common occurrence and if you are experiencing this, don’t be alarmed. You are not abnormal. In simple terms, you are trapped inside of a body that doesn’t fit your gender identity & it’s common in relation to the trans community.
However, there are many ways to help your body dysphoria.
Binding helps those who experience dysphoria of the chest. Binding gives the illusion of a male chest, helping those who haven’t had top surgery.
It’s important to know how to bind safely, as binding incorrectly can effect your breathing, rib cage and your well-being. This is something important to avoid. Below is a video of a Trans guy called Jaydn, if you are interested in how to bind safely, give it a watch.
Echoing what Jaydn has covered, it’s important to correctly bind. There are many home made & alternative ways that although may be cheaper and maybe quicker alternatives, these may affect your health.
We did some research into what is the best binder out there and the results came back. Here are our top 2 Binders:
These are just two out of the many out there & there are many alternative ways you can bind. For example, the sports bra method is one that is used & although not as effective as a binder, can still help relieve some dysphoria.
When you are binding make sure it is safe & you aren’t going to damage yourself!
Packing is when a trans man uses something in their underwear to create the appearance of a bulge. So trans guys might use something like socks or if they have one, a purpose made packer that is made to look like a penis.
There are many useful tips & advice from trans guys on YouTube on how to pack. Which is my best advice on how to figure out what you are looking for & their opinions on how well it packed. There are so many different packers, it’s important to do some research on what you are looking for, as their many variations of packers & some may cost a lot of money!
Here are just a few packing video’s I have found:
But packing isn’t for everyone & some say it increases their dysphoria as it reminds them as they don’t have the genitals they want. I have found a great video by Aydian Dowling explaining why he doesn’t pack.
It is really down to the individual on how you deal with your body dysphoria. Packing is down to preference and what feels right to you. There are so many alternatives to packing, such as not even packing at all as well as bottom surgery.
But make sure whatever route you go down, that is suits you best. Do extensive research & figure out what is going to make you the happiest!
Both Packing & Binding is both down to you & whether you want to use either method. Body Dysphoria is very real & feeling trapped inside of your own body is heartbreaking, but it won’t always be like this.
Finding ways to cope with your dysphoria may be a long and hard journey. Your dysphoria may never go away, but finding how to cope with it, is the next step forward.
We hope this has some what helped with any questions, but if you have now got more questions than ever! Get in touch & we will point you in the right direction!
Unite UK have created the Helping Hand Project to help the LGBTQ community raise awareness! If you need help with funding a binder, top surgery, or anything else, this could be your solution!
The Unite Team