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Transition - Voice Questions 

Is it true it becomes easier to speak the correct way when on HRT? Like Voice is something I am massively dysphoric about this, like massively so.

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@PaladinQuinn T does; I wouldn't say it's been my experience that estrogen does as well though.

Transition - Voice Questions 

@poss_bot @PaladinQuinn T will actually make your larynx grow a bit larger, which is where the voice change comes from. Unfortunately, E does not do anything to reverse this, and as far as I am aware there is no surgery that can.

I've read things here and there about surgeries to stretch vocal cords, but there isn't really any evidence that it changes very much.

Transition - Voice Questions 

@PaladinQuinn Unfortunately no, voice isn't really affected by estrogen. My voice still sucks so I empathize with you there

Transition - Voice Questions 

@PaladinQuinn

Long story short: no HRT will not feminize your voice.

First off please forgive me if this is a little blunt but here's what I think you need to know.

First off there are two components you need to consider.

1. Physical Practice
2. Mental Practice

Both are just as important...

Transition - Voice Questions 

@PaladinQuinn

For Physical Practice, this is leaning techniques and practicing using your voice in a more self affirming way.

This is the hardest part to start and will probably take you some time to grasp. There are books, videos, apps and personal trainers that can help you find methods that work for you. You should consider spending some time practicing each day.

(If this is important to you and please take breaks if its physically or emotionally taxing you.)

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@PaladinQuinn

Mental Practice is the easy one (at first) You'll probably only be testing and training your voice alone or with people you trust closely. This is when mental practice does not appear to be important.

After you start finding your voice and you become better staying in the range that feels most comfortable to you, you'll (potentially) hit a big wall.

"Code Switching"...

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@PaladinQuinn

Code Switching is easy to understand and difficult to break out of.

Here are some quick examples of code switching:

The way you talk to your best friend.
How you would talk with a stranger.
How you would talk with a cop.
How you would talk with your boss.
How you would talk with a partner.

We do not use the same language or mannerisms when we talk with different people. This is code switching.

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@PaladinQuinn

So... When you've practiced physically in private, you have not practiced mentally in public.

You will get very good at talking with your friends and even start to feel you are making good progress and then BAM!

You'll code switch and talk with someone you have not practiced with. You'll fall into old patterns and most likely go back to your old voice. (This is when you need to be super forgiving to yourself!)

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@PaladinQuinn

This is the long process, learning and re-learning and practicing so even when "code switching" happens you *keep* your comfortable voice you've practiced.

You will have times where you worry that you've lost your progress and that is not true! When you feel those feelings of self doubt just remember code switching.

I don't want to go off on this anymore than what's helpful. Let me know if you need more clarification on any of that!

Transition - Voice Questions 

@PaladinQuinn Sadly only for people starting T who don't produce much naturally. On the other hand, that means your voice is something you can work on now - you can learn to talk in a way you're happier with.

Transition - Voice Questions 

@PaladinQuinn Sorry to say, but it doesn't really. There are training methods to get your voice higher, but they take a lot of work and effort. There are a lot of free video tutorials on Youtube and apps you can use to track your progress in trying to hit that higher pitch range, but the hormones aren't going to help.

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