Approximate Transition Costs (MTF)

I had a friend who transitioned a few years ago put together a list of the approximate costs. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Uncovered therapy (primary therapist–until surgery date): $2000
  • Uncovered therapy (second therapist–Randi Ettner): $450
  • Orchiectemy: $2000
  • HRT (uncovered amount until surgery): $600
  • Electrolysis (up and down god damn it): $17,000
  • Genital surgery & breast implant surgeries (round one): $25,000
  • Round 2 of surgeries: $2500

Estimated total not covered by any insurance: $49,550.

Costs not included:

  • voice (dvd)
  • entire new working wardrobe
  • moving out and setting up new apartment
  • legal fees for name change
  • eating awful hospital food for a week.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.

7 Comments

  1. Less than I thought, actually, but still a small fortune. My FTM friends have it worse, however…

  2. If anyone else would like to email me their total costs list, FTM or MTF, please do, & I’ll post them.

  3. Of course, my costs aren’t anywhere near complete, but the one that I have different is that none of my hormones, blood tests, or T-related doctor visits are covered, and those come to about $5k a year (for 2.5 years, at this point).

    My electro has been less, but also face only. (And I’ve been getting a lot of it free. I let the new electrologists train on me.)

  4. Gender Clinic Fees: $1100 (rest covered by insurance, got me two letters)
    HRT (uncovered amount until surgery): $400
    Electrolysis: $12,000
    Genital surgery (round one): $7,500
    Round 2 of surgeries: $1200
    Estimated total not covered by any insurance: $

    Costs not included:

    voice (dvd)
    entire new working wardrobe
    moving out and setting up new apartment
    legal fees for name change
    eating awful hospital food for a week.

  5. It seems to be fairly resonable, relatively speaking. I’m stuck in the male, and secret tranny dual life, and I’m so sooo sick of it. I’d have to relocate to a different part of the USA to be able to transition, and be able to have real breast implants, and live as a female fulltime. I’d be eager to do it if I had a GG wife or significant other who was supportive and enjoyed having me as a shemale lover. Does anyone else only have the desire to dress up completely when they are with a GG? I don’t know why, but I have no desire to dress or even wear anything feminine at all when I’m alone, but when I’m in a relationship with a GG I have feelings for, I get the strongest desires to dress up. I’m really sick of feeling like I’ll end up alone forever if I don’t stop wanting to be dominated, and or made to dress up when I do have a GG/f. I honestly wished I’d been born a woman because I have lived a tortured life as a lesbian trapped in a mans body. I have fought depression, rejection, descrimination, and I have seen a few women that I loved dearly and trusted with my secret, only to have them later betray my trust, and even say some of the most cruel things you could ever dream of. I’m a sweet loving man with a huge heart of gold, and have always tried to be so good to everyone else, I just wished I could get the same treatment in return.

  6. Susan’s transition costs
    Orchi $3000
    FFS $30,000 + 10 days hotel and food: about at least a $1000
    SRS $10,000; Travel $1,200, Food for a month $300, (Bangkok)
    Electrolysis $10,000 includes travel and hotels
    Hair transplant $10,000
    Breast augmentation $5,000
    Therapy (2 years at least) $7,000 + hotel rooms 3 times a month–approx. $5,000
    Total $81,500 +/-
    That was out of pocket expense. I did not have any insurance coverage. I sold my airplane for $89,000 to pay for it. I haven’t flown since. After I turned 65 my medicare paid for a big part of my therapy, but by then my body-mods were all done.

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