The woman named Sam, who hails from the Midlands in Central England, began to contemplate transitioning at 21 years old. Testimonies of transgenders who successfully transitioned to the opposite sex appealed to her, given the many identity struggles she had gone through during her teen years. She eventually sought help with a private doctor, as she would have to wait two years for an appointment with the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS).
Sam was cleared to take hormones and undergo a double mastectomy just two appointments after identifying as a "transgender man." She began taking hormones in December 2017 and had both her breasts removed in May 2018. However, the rules require patients undergoing double mastectomy for gender transition to identify as a male for at least a year.
"I was so happy after the surgery … [and] the hormones worked really quickly. Within a few months, my voice had dropped, I grew body and facial hair and even developed a micro-penis," she recounted. It also caused a huge change in her emotions, thanks to the testosterone she was taking that time.
But two years after her surgery, she began experiencing vaginal atrophy – in which her vagina's tissues started to die out due to the lack of female hormones. Vaginal atrophy also increases the risk of women developing cancer. This led her to tell NHS doctors that she wanted to de-transition on her scheduled appointment.
"I wasn't prepared to have a hysterectomy at the age of 24," she said in reaction to NHS doctors telling her that removing her uterus was her only option." (Related: Transgender surgery is rooted in the idea that doctors can cure mental illness by permanently maiming patients.)
Sam then stopped taking hormone medications against the advice of her doctors. She subsequently discovered a group of detransitioners and "explored the femininity that [she] had suppressed for all of these years."
Now 26 years old, Sam is speaking out about her experience to warn others of the dangers of rushing into gender transition procedures. The procedures have also left lasting consequences on her body.
"I have also started to menstruate again, which took around a year to come back to after I stopped taking testosterone, although I have been left with excess body hair and a deeper voice," she said. "Although I still love having a flat chest, I won't be able to breastfeed if I ever have children and it has taken away the opportunity to learn to love my womanhood."
Sam explained that she is talking about her experience as a former trans man because "detransitioners can help spot red flags and help others when it comes to making these important decisions."
While her family expressed support toward her decision to transition and to revert back to her biological sex, many of her former friends thought otherwise.
"I have found that quite a lot of friends have drifted away since I have detransitioned. There seems to be a huge emphasis in society in supporting trans people – almost to the point that what I did is seen as being antitrans."
According to Sam, the medical industry is "under huge pressure from the trans community to move things along quickly because of statistics around suicide." This, she added, pressured her to expedite her gender transition "as quickly as possible to avoid feeling that way."
Nevertheless, Sam commented that she is in a better situation now than she was five years ago.
"The people who matter to me are here for me, and I am in a much better place now and looking forward to the future."
Visit GenderConfused.com for more stories about former trans people who eventually revert back to their biological sex.
Watch author Abigail Shrier reveal that more and more American teens are regretting their gender transitions.
This video is from the Pain Coming channel on Brighteon.com.