Transgender Hormone Therapy Questions
How does hormone replacement therapy help transgender patients?
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, helps you meet your identifying needs as a transgender individual. For instance, with feminizing hormone therapy, your treatments help suppress male characteristics while developing female characteristics. You’ll start experiencing growth in your breasts, more fat building up around your waist, a reduction in body hair, less muscle mass, and a difference in how much (or how often) you sweat.
With masculinizing hormone therapy, the opposite occurs. Your treatments start suppressing female characteristics while building up male characteristics. As your body begins to change, you’ll start to grow facial hair, have a lower voice, gain more muscle mass, notice more body hair, and experience a redistribution of your body fat.
Are bioidentical hormones an option for me?
Most likely, yes. Bioidentical hormones are designed to be identical to the hormones you have in your body. While they're created in a laboratory setting, they often come from natural components. Bioidentical estrogen, for example, can be made from yams or soybeans.
Your doctor will help you decide which hormone replacement plan is right for you so that you can get started as soon as you’re ready.
Will I need to take hormone shots?
It depends on which type of hormone therapy plan you’re on and where you’re at in the process. Estrogen and testosterone hormones come in many types of formulas so if you have a preference, let your practitioner know. Hormones come in: