Hormone Therapy for Transgender There is so much we could talk about hormones. Almost all of us have thought about them, are using them, want them or have given them up. We do what we need to in order to get our hands on them. Some of us go to our endocrinologist, gender med doctor, family physician, healthcare provider, local clinic, cross the border to buy them, use herbals, creams and lotions. Some of us get blood work done quarterly (I’m one) and review with the doctor or never mention it and monitor progress themselves. We use pills, patches, shots, and topical applications. It is a polarizing topic and one that will continue to be discussed as long as we are taking them.
They are important to all of us You may take a testosterone shot and someone else jabs herself with estrogen. Every one of us is effected whether we use them or not. My Trans-men friends love the feeling of strength and power they get from testosterone. I love the calming effects of estrogen. We both want and need to see the physical changes our respective hormones produce in us. It’s important for us as we reveal who we truly are.
Spironolactone Equally import to us women is ‘Spiro’. That wonder drug that blocks testosterone. It helps to get, “more bang for the buck” as my gender med doctor told me and he was so right. I see the effects of testosterone poisoning in so many young cisgender boys and men and I think what a pleasant world it would be without all of this hormone-soaked macho bravado.
How does it affect your thinking? I was having a wonderful chat with my GF in New England, Melanie. She asked some terrific questions. I’m listing them here.
I would like to know when women go on estrogen does the way you think change? Do you have strange dreams? Do how you see other people change?
Great question I want to open this up to all of us so you, too, can share your experiences and knowledge. I’ll start the conversation.
I would like to know when women go on estrogen does the way you think change? Speaking for myself, it does change the way I think. I find I’m less aggressive, competitive and less likely to anger. The world is a much happier place to me now and, I’ve been told, I am a much more likable person. Those who knew me before I started hormones and Spiro tell me I’m so much nicer to be around. My son’s mother, my ex-wife and my oldest friend told me when we were married, she always wondered what would make me happy. She didn’t think it would be this, but she likes what she sees.
Do you have strange dreams? I don’t know if I have any stranger dreams since I’ve been on hormones. I’ve always had pretty strange dreams and that doesn’t seem to have stopped.
Do how you see other people change? I will say yes, absolutely. I no longer envy women like I did before and I’m not angry for being born in ‘that’ body. I’ve gotten more accepting and I am trying to be a gentle, loving soul. I credit hormones with giving me the physical and mental changes I needed. Because of hormones my anger and frustration has gone away. I’ve achieved acceptance from family, loved ones, friends and acquaintances. I truly rejoice in seeing myself as I’ve always imagined. How can we not see others differently when we look through new eyes?
Hormones That’s our discussion for now. Melanie, thanks for those questions. You are the best. You’ve got my $0.02, now let your thoughts and voices be heard.