Has Lia Thomas Had Surgery? Her Transformation Explained

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Lia Catherine Thomas (Lia Thomas) is a transgender woman and she is popular because she is the first trans woman who won NCAA Division I national championship in any sport. Furthermore, she also dominated the women’s swimming season.

However, she has not given an interview to any media except ESPN, and considering that any word that comes from her mouth can create chaos and nobody wants that as she is already facing controversies. Since she was born as a male she should not play sports on the women’s teams is what most people think and people are saying that it’s unfair.

While talking to ESPN Lia said, “I try to ignore it [the spotlight] as much as I can, I try to focus on my swimming, what I need to do to get ready for my races. And just try to block out everything else.”

Lia’s presence makes some of her teammates uncomfortable

Even though Lia is a trans woman she still has left to do her surgery hence she has a male sex organ so we can imagine why some of her mates feel uncomfortable around her in the locker or changing room. One of her mates criticized her and told the Dailymail,

“It’s definitely awkward because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women, It’s really upsetting because Lia doesn’t seem to care how it makes anyone else feel,’ the swimmer continued. ‘The 35 of us are just supposed to accept being uncomfortable in our own space and locker room for, like, the feelings of one.”

Furthermore, she also said that the school ignored their request to remove Lia from the women’s changing room, the swimmer explained, “The school was so focused on making sure Lia was okay and doing everything they possibly could do for her, that they didn’t even think about the rest of us.”

Lia is yet to do surgery but she has done hormone replacement

Lia Thomas transform

She wanted to compete against women but since she was a man she needed to change or replace hormones and by doing so could end her swimming career because she would be weaker and would have to spend more time recovering after working out. However, if she wanted to compete against women then it was a must to go through hormone replacement therapy otherwise known as HRT.

She still needed to wait a year before she could compete against women so she decided to compete against men but because she went through HRT it showed the result and because of hormone replacement, she was not able to keep up with men because of her hormone limited he physical ability.

Lia joined the women’s swimming team two years after she started her hormone replacement therapy. She stated she had reduced roughly an inch and noted fat redistribution on her body in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

Lia started feeling different while she was in high school

Lia Thomas went to Austin Westlake High School and according to the Sports, Illustrated Lia started feeling different and ‘disconnected’ from herself. After her graduation, she joined the University of Pennsylvania. Since she was feeling different she researched it a lot and she saw the experiences of trans women on the internet, later she also got help to find what was missing from a trans woman.

After getting the help she started to realize that the feelings she has and the experiences trans women have are similar and it made sense. However, she was worried as she wondered what her family, friends, and others would say and react but she had made up her mind so she went to her brother. In fact, it was her mother who helped her pick her name.

Listening to Lia her brother showed full support so did her parents. They showered her with love and were really happy when she opened up because every parent knows when something is bothering their children. her father Bob said, “We will do everything and anything we need to do to have Lia be part of this family, we were not going to lose her.”

However, she still had to explain it to her friends and coaches but it was really tough for her, and she could not gather the courage to explain it to her peers and her coaches so she went into depression. She told Sports Illustrated,

“I was very depressed, I got to the point where I couldn’t go to school. I was missing classes and my sleep schedule was super messed up. Some days I couldn’t get out of bed. I knew at that moment I needed to do something to address this.”

She opened up to her friends and coaches after she became comfortable because she was feeling great after she went and replaced her hormone. Upon opening her coaches and most friends supported her.

She felt awkward competing with men

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Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas waits for results after swimming the women’s 200 freestyle final at the NCAA swimming and diving championships Friday, March 18, 2022, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Thomas finished tied for fifth place. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

As we know Thomas was a man however after he started noticing differences he started hormone replacement in 2019 and she also got support from her family, most friends, and coaches. Since she was a man, she was not able to compete against women but competing against men felt kind of weird and awkward to her.

In an interview, she explained, “Being in the early stages of transition, it was a very awkward experience of basically being a woman competing in a men’s meet. It was uncomfortable, so I didn’t compete that much.”

However, after she replaced her hormone she felt easy and peaceful. She was able to get out of depression and it also boosted her confidence. “And transitioning has allowed me to be more confident in all of those aspects of my life, where I was struggling a lot before I came out,” Lia said in an interview.

Moreover, she then presented all her medical testosterone reports to the NCAA, and after going through her reports they allowed her to compete and participate in the women’s swimming team. Hence, she became the first trans woman to win the NCAA Division I national championship.

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