Wow – what a great site this is! I came here looking to post a similar question, and lo and behold, a great discussion already exists!
I was going to ask it the opposite way: how many out there are “non-surgical transitioning?”
As has been noted about, these surgeries are expensive and, from what I can see, really invasive. The post-op photos some ladies have posted kinda freak me out actually!
I also acknowledge that I’m pretty lucky in that my physical stature/features allow me to be somewhat “passable” without the need for major surgery. And oddly, I’ve never hated my “man-parts” but more just the fact that because that’s what I was born with, I’m not allowed to live how I feel most comfortable…that said, I’m dying for some permanent hair removal. That triggers my dysphoria more than anything.
So, who out there lives as a full-time woman, without having had surgery?