I was actually in therapy for a long time even before I came to understand the true nature of my issues. I had felt like I really was a girl since I was like 11. I just wrote it off as some normal thing, just a phase I'd pass through. The intensity sort of came and went as I grew, but it was always there. It wasn't until I broke up with my ex of 4 years that it started bothering me more and more. I brought it up with my therapist and we started to talk about it more.
Fortunately, I don't really feel like I'm going to be mutilating anything any time soon. If I get any surgery at all, it will likely be on the face to correct bone structure a little.
Sexual reassignment surgery (getting a vag) is expensive, and really, you're not getting the real thing anyways, so if my penis doesn't bother me too much, I don't really see a reason to bother. That and my boyfriend sort of likes it how it is, so I'm happy to oblige him.
And lol at the bird comparison.
I agree. I think Medical Science agreed too, and tried it, occasionally with success, but found cases where it was simply impossible to rid this person of their problem. So they gave up and figured they'd try to help them live how they want to.