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October Best Content Co-Winner | Why Transgender Men Should Worry Less About Hysterectomy Recovery

November 16, 2017

Congratulations to Genevieve G. for being one of our Best Content winners in October. Read her fascinating medical article and its analysis below.

One of the biggest parts of a hysterectomy that worries every patient is what the recovery period will be like. While recovery is never the most pleasant period of anyone's life, it's important to note that recovery can be easier for transgender men undergoing a hysterectomy than it is for cisgender women. If you're a trans man and you're putting off your hysterectomy because you're worried about what you've heard regarding recovery, here are a few factors to reduce your anxiety before your appointment with a gynaecologist. You Want This Surgery There are many reasons cis women have hysterectomies. However, for many of these women, it's a solution that's not the first choice. Whether the woman is not ready to give up her biological ability to have children or she's just worried that the procedure will take away her femininity, it's common for cis women to feel some upset or disappointment regarding the surgery. This can skew accounts of recovery towards the negative side. In fact, research shows that positivity can improve the recovery process. So, if you're a trans man who's looking forward to feeling an improved sense of gender affirmation after a hysterectomy, you're likely to find recovery easier than a cis woman who would have preferred to avoid it. Your Muscles May Be Stronger One factor that makes hysterectomy recovery difficult for some cis women is that those who have already birthed a child will have weaker abdominal muscles. If you've never carried a baby or given birth before, your abdominal wall will be stronger. Having these strong muscles will reduce your pain after surgery and make getting around easier, as well as making exercise regimes less uncomfortable if you've chosen to undergo post-hysterectomy physiotherapy. Your abdominal wall will also, therefore, strengthen and tighten itself to normal levels more quickly than a cis woman's, reducing the risk of potential dysphoria from losing a flat stomach. You'll Already Be On HRT As a hysterectomy is not usually the first treatment a trans man goes through when they begin their transition, you'll likely already be on hormone replacement therapy by the time your surgery date arrives. The correction and regulation of your hormones pre-hysterectomy should reduce the menopausal symptoms (such as mood swings or hot flashes) that cis women often deal with after surgery, and may even eliminate them completely. This will make your recovery period a happier, more comfortable experience with less ups and downs.

Assignment

Vertical: OBGYN

Keyword: gynaecologist

Analysis

Authority:

The article relies on medical facts to reassure the audience about this important procedure. But the article doesn’t feel particularly clinical either. The writer struck a great balance between sharing quality medical information in a caring and understandable tone. The writer doesn’t “talk down” to readers or make them feel like they should already know the ins and outs of getting a hysterectomy. The information provided in the article would seemingly fit very well with information provided by a gynaecologist or other medical professional.

Readability:

The article isn’t long, proving once again that articles don’t need a high word count to be authoritative or useful. When you use the right words in the right order, readers can easily understand the information and follow along every step of the way. Each idea is simply presented in a short paragraph, and the bold, parallel headings let readers know what ideas will be presented. The article boasts simple yet effective principles of scanability.

Organization:

Beyond the headings, the ideas in the article are presented in such a way that it’s easy for readers to follow along. The article starts by reassuring readers in a very friendly way, reminding them why they want the surgery and how that will potentially affect recovery. It then transitions to talk about more medical-specific supporting points. This keeps readers engaged and helps them understand some key points related to getting a hysterectomy as a transgender man.

Grammar:

Excellent.

Use Value:

By focusing on such a unique audience, the article already sets itself up for increased use value. But it only succeeds because the supporting points include such strong information that ties so well back to the controlling idea. Readers who find this article will end up finding valuable answers to potentially pressing questions.

Ideation:

Articles about common gynaecological issues such as birth control, pregnancy, or periods can of course include interesting and useful information. But this article clearly takes a step beyond that by not only addressing hysterectomies, but also by addressing a special audience less likely to be thought of (at least in years past). The writer clearly took the time to understand some of the medical issues facing transgender men and provided them with an article specific to their needs.

By WritersDomain

WritersDomain is a team of in-house writers, editors, and support staff.

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  • Spectacular October Editors' Choice Awards – WritersDomain Blog

    November 29, 2017 at 2:57 pm

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