Gendercast Episode 2:
The Hormone and Surgery Dilemma
Our discussion and information about the options and decisions around taking hormones, having surgery, natural tranisitoning and challenging the binary from a no/ho, no/op transmasculine genderqueer identity.
Jiz lee’s discussion regarding genderqueer identity and decision not to take hormones nor have any kind of surgery and more tools to challenge the binary by Motivated Grammar the use of they/them as a singular pronoun.
Information about natural transitioning from Tristan Skye and Trans Queer Nation
Hormone and surgery information/guides:
Sean’s youtube site (many links here) to hormone and surgery info.
Hormone guides and what you should know:
The Hudson Guide is a primary resource and Wikipedia has info on hormone replacement therapy. We also found Gender Outlaw's blog on cypionate and enanthate testosterone very informative as well as The Gender Center Inc has kits and fact sheets for FTM's. Here is the info on Nebido (another kind of testosterone available Europe that we mentioned. If you want to know more about home delivery and Hudson's info on compound pharmacies, here are two we know of: Strohecker's Pharmacy and ApothéCure.
What kind of changes does T therapy bring? (From Hudson Guide)
Over time, the ongoing administration of testosterone will result in the development of masculine secondary sex characteristics, as well as the cessation of menses (monthly periods).
The following masculinizing effects can be expected as a result of testosterone therapy. These effects may take several months to be noticeable, and will continue to develop over a period of years.
- Thickening of the vocal chords and deepening of the voice
- Facial hair growth (mustache and/or beard growth)
- Increased body hair growth (notably on arms, legs, chest, belly, and back)
- Increased body musculature
- Enlargement of the clitoris
- Cessation of menses (monthly periods)
- Potential hair loss at the temples and crown of the head, resulting in a more masculine hairline; possibly male-pattern baldness
- Migration of body fat to a more masculine pattern (i.e., fat deposits shifting from hips, thighs and buttocks to the abdomen area)
- Increased activity of the skin's oil glands (i.e., skin becomes more oily, which may result in acne)
- Increase in red blood cells (RBC)
- Change in cholesterol levels may occur-- the "good" cholesterol (HDL) may go down and the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) may go up.
- Scent of body odors and urine may change
- Skin may become rougher in feeling and/or appearance.
- Increase in sex drive
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