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This survey is recruiting for people who HAVE HAD or might BE INTERESTED have gender affirming vaginoplasty surgery. We are asking you to fill out an anonymous online survey on your experience. It is a project led by gender affirming surgeons at NYU Langone Health, and we have been working with the community to make sure that it asks the right questions to learn what is important to you about vaginoplasty. It is a long survey, but should take less than half an hour total. It is best if you set aside time to take it all at once from a desktop computer. Please share widely with your networks.
Answers to TRICON questions:
* What is the specific objective of the study and its intended impact on future trans lives?
The specific objective is to better understand the impact of vaginoplasty on sexual health and overall wellbeing, as well as the the patient experience of accessing care. We hope to use this to inform future surgical care provision.
* Who is/are the principal investigator/s?
The principal investigator is Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner.
* What is/are the sponsoring institution/s or organization/s?
New York University Grossman School of Medicine (NYUGSOM).
* How are trans scholars/researchers included in this research work?
A formal community advisory board process was utilized to ensure that those who have had or are seeking vaginoplasty informed the research questions and design of the survey instrument. In addition, researchers of transgender expereince are directly involved in the research team.
* Who is funding the study? Describe any conflicts of interest.
This research is unfunded. No financial conflicts of interest typically considered declarable exist. Researchers those who belong to groups who may hold institutional power over the subjects, including most specifically cisgender people and people performing gender affirming surgery. We are using a Community Advisory Board and other measures to increase equity and decrease bias and conflicts of interest within this research.
* Is there IRB/Ethics board approval? Describe ethical practices specific to trans subjects.
This study has been approved by the NYUGSOM IRB. This study is anonymous and care will be taken not to identify the subjects by reporting responses.
* What is the target study population? Describe geographic scope, languages, and intersectional inclusion.
The target population:
- have had or are considering future gender affirming vaginoplasty, including transgender women and nonbinary people
-can read English
-are of any geographic origin, racial and/or ethnic status, or (dis)ability status
* Is there a cost or travel requirement, or is there compensation for participants?
-This is an online survey, there will be no travel requirement. We regret that we are unable to compensate participants.
* Will the results of this research be published in open access journals or channels?
Whenever possible, research will be published in open access journals or channels. We are actively seeking ways to disseminate research findings beyond academic publishing, with the leadership of the community advisory board.


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  • Root Admin

It is a long survey but if anyone is willing to take part, we have been assured that your personal details will be asked for and your anonymity will be respected. 

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I took it.  My GCS was in January 2013 and thus, ancient history maybe, but the questions were valid and not overly invasive.  I would have had different questions if I were still pre-op though.

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Took it. Some of the answer choices for the questions could have used some nuance, but it's similar to other surveys I've taken through the University of Michigan.



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Thank you to all who have taken the survey so far! This survey will be extremely helpful in giving validated information to surgeons directly from the patients! We are so thankful for your insight.

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