transition log, med, body changes
Day 92: Got blood work at LabCorp again yesterday. They were nice, fast, and professional about it, just as before (at a different LabCorp). I'll post a summary of the results.
I've doubled my estradiol now, so I take 2mg twice daily, but I'm still on 5mg once daily of finasteride since that already seemed to be helping my hairline at that dose. Finasteride can have rare but unpleasant side effects, and I'd prefer to continue not having any of those.
My nipples are finally growing!!! Increased sensitivity and size, though not by a whole lot. I'm quite happy about this progress! Wearing silicone breastforms gives me great gender euphoria, so I look forward to the time when that will be unnecessary.
I present masc at work (only one coworker has ever asked my pronouns, and she is queer so it doesn't count) so it will be interesting to see how my manager reacts to my eventual boobs.
Day 76: In a half hour, I'll have my first checkup to see how I'm doing. I probably should have gotten blood work again before the appointment, because right now I just have my initial levels and no further test, and a single point does not make a line! But I will be sure to go on, or before, day 90 as previously planned.
Gonna ask to increase my estrogen levels, but I'm happy with my finasteride dose. Have to see what the good doctor says. Will report back after the call!
hormone therapy log, shaving, dysphoria
Day 71: Facial hair dysphoria has reared its ugly head again last week and persists today. Shaving sucks... I am pretty grown out now. Probably about ten days of growth at this point. Too sad tonight to try; I'll see how tomorrow goes.
I'm off work on Thursday, so if I haven't shaved myself by then, I'll go see my barber.
hormone therapy log
Day 60: Today I've been on hormones for two months, and I am happy. I would prefer to increase my estrogen dosing at my next appointment but I'm happy with my current finasteride dose. I've had no unexpected side effects, though I must say, the changes in my body odor have been difficult to get used to.
gender transition, psych, sex
Day 19: While I have definitely experienced a marked decrease in daily gender dysphoria and increase in gender euphoria, I still have been experiencing intrusive sexual thoughts, though not as frequently as before hormone therapy began.
Erectile function is still unaffected, and honestly my libido has been higher overall for the last couple weeks! I have had no difficulty orgasming thus far.
Day 7: Sex drive is still working correctly. No noticeable difference in libido or erectile function. Too early to tell about whether any changes in orientation are merely due to my established fluid preferences or if they're due to hormonal changes.
I'm very happy that this combo of E and F don't dampen my libido like Lions Mane mushrooms did.
Day 6: I went to bed really early last night and still didn't shave, but going to my local #UU congregation with stubble isn't a big deal for me compared to work. I still want to shave today when I get home, but being in a 🏳️🌈-friendly place makes life easy.
In this place I never have people call me "sir" which is a very welcome change of pace, however small it may seem.
gender, hormone therapy question
@jez 5 years, counting all configurations of hormone changes.
If you stop then a few things will happen:
-body odor and sex drive revert quickly
-skin translucence and oiliness reverts over the course of a few weeks to a month, with first changes noticeable after about half a week
-fat redistribution revertion depends on amount of redistribution that happened
-boobs somewhat revert after about a month of no E altho breast tissue stays in some form
gender, hormone therapy question
FAQ: How long will you be taking hormones? What will happen if you stop taking them?
Since I am not currently considering any kind of surgical options, this treatment will continue indefinitely. If I stop taking androgen-blocking medication every day, my natural testosterone production will cause a reversal of any changes resulting from this therapy.
FAQ: What are your goals with hormone therapy?
A: My overall goal is reducing body dysphoria, both directly by the mental effects of changing my hormones, and indirectly by the effect of those changes on my physical appearance (fat distribution, hairline, hair/skin consistency, etc).
med, estradiol question
@jez Here's the article that mostly convinced me to go sublingual (or at least research it further and eventually make that decision): http://transascity.org/sublingual-versus-oral-estrogen/
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