During the transition, some organs disturb.
Tucking is a procedure used by transgender women and drag queens to hide the shape of their penis so it won't show through the clothes they wear.
The technique most often used consists of wedging the penis between the thighs and pushing the testicles back into the "inguinal" canal. This channel is in human anatomy one of the weak points of the abdominal wall. It is a passage through the abdominal cavity that allows the testicular cord to pass in men and the round ligament of the uterus in women.
In order for everything to stay in place for the desired time, some transgender women use underwear specially designed for this purpose. These are "gaffs" and "boxers" which are particularly very tight. These garments are usually made to measure and are very similar to panties.
The term "gaff" has no translation in the French language and it is very difficult to find the origin of this name for underwear intended for tucking because the literal translation of this term in French is "vendre la wick". or "reveal the truth" (to blow the gaff). These translations can still explain the reason for the use of this term. In the situation that concerns us in this subject, the gaffs are indeed used to "hide the truth"!
Another method is to use adhesive strips to flatten and secure the genitalia along the perineum and if possible between the buttocks.
There are also other more improvised or "homemade" methods from an elastic band taken from an undergarment and a strip of fabric placed in the crotch and then pulled up.
This practice can have side effects related to fertility such as, for example, a decrease in the number of spermatozoa. It is therefore advisable to start using this technique very slowly and over short periods of time. This means that it will be necessary to plan to have the possibility of withdrawing to an isolated place where it will be possible to free the genital apparatus in order to relieve it of this oppression. This will allow the person doing the tucking to relax and slowly get used to being in this situation and to this feeling of compression of the genitalia. If it feels very weird at first, that's completely normal.
If at some point, pain or discomfort is felt, it is imperative to find an isolated place to be able to free yourself from this situation.
It is also possible that this method is not made for you because you do not support it. It is in the order of things because we are all different.
For some people, tucking is an important part of gender affirmation and helps with dysphoria, and others rarely do it. Some people will take their organs in every day. For others, it will be for specific occasions, or to fit a particular outfit or piece of clothing.
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Tucking can use the inguinal canals by applying gentle upward pressure, the testicles will move up and snap back into their original location.
Using your fingers, guide them slowly to put them in place. It shouldn't cause great pain or unbearable discomfort. But if you feel bad, stop and try again later if you feel like it.
Once the testicles are in place, push the penis and scrotum back between the legs. In this position, they should hold the testicles in their position.
The use of the inguinal canals is not mandatory for tucker. Instead of pushing the testicles up, push them to the sides.
In general, we tend to secure everything with a few pairs of tight underwear or tight-fitting underwear such as a gaff, designed specifically for tucker. You can start by pulling the underwear up to your knees, putting everything in place, then pulling them up and covering everything.
Finding the right fit will take some time, don't worry if you don't get it at first. It shouldn't be too loose, but not too tight either.
Some people will also use duct tape, but this can cause pain or injury. If you plan to use tape to fold, be sure to use medical tape bought at the pharmacy. And especially not packaging tape that is not approved for use on the skin.
Remember that if you pack the whole package, you will have to unpack everything again in case of natural need. Having a method that isn't taped or glued can make a big difference.
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Written in collaboration with Adélaïde Delrua, effective member of the association