FtM Packer (What is?)

A FTM (Female to Male) Packer is a prosthetic device worn in the underwear to give the appearance of having male genitalia.

Packers are primarily used by transgender men and transmasculine individuals who have not had or do not plan to have gender-affirming genital surgery but wish to present a more traditionally masculine silhouette.

The purpose of a packer can vary from purely aesthetic, helping the wearer to feel more aligned with their gender identity when it comes to their physical appearance, to practical, such as facilitating urination while standing up when using STP (Stand To Pee) devices that also function as packers.

Types of Packers

Packers come in various materials, sizes, colors, and levels of realism to match the user’s skin tone and desired outcome.

The most common types include:

  • Basic Packers – Usually made from soft, pliable materials like silicone or elastomer. These packers are designed for daily wear and aim to create a natural bulge.
  • StP Packers – These packers allow for urination while standing up, combining the functionality of a basic packer with a hollowed-out design that serves as a funnel.
  • Pack and Play Packers – Designed for both daily wear and sexual intercourse, these packers are usually made from more rigid materials and may come with an internal rod or mechanism to adjust firmness.
  • FtM Packers 3 in 1 – Designed for daily wear, sexual intercourse and allow for urination while standing up.

Choosing a Packer

When choosing a packer, several factors should be considered to ensure comfort and satisfaction, including:

  • Material: Silicone packers tend to be durable and easy to clean but may be more expensive. Other materials like foam or fabric might offer less realism but can be more affordable and comfortable for daily wear.
  • Size: It’s important to select a size that feels right for one’s body and clothing. While some might prefer a larger bulge, others find that a smaller packer is more comfortable and realistic for their frame.
  • Functionality: Depending on personal needs, one might opt for a basic packer, an StP packer, or a pack and play model.

Safety and Care

Proper care is essential to maintain hygiene and extend the life of a packer.

This includes regular washing with mild soap and water, thorough drying, and storing it in a clean, dry place.

Additionally, if using an StP packer, ensuring it is fully dry after use is crucial to prevent bacterial growth.

Significance

For many trans men and transmasculine individuals, a packer can be a critical tool in aligning their physical appearance with their gender identity, significantly reducing gender dysphoria and increasing confidence and comfort in social situations.

It’s a personal choice that plays a meaningful role in the transition process and daily life.