Every year, experts say 1,000 to 2,000 people in the United States have genital reassignment surgery. Dr. Marci Bowers is a world renowned surgeon who has helped more than 500 patients through the process—though, Dr. Bowers says surgery is only one piece of the puzzle.
"Many people think the transition is about the surgery, going from male to female," she says. "But the real transition is when you take that first step out into public with that little mini dress that you've been saving up [for] and go off to Target to buy toilet paper. Now that, so to speak, takes balls."