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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Height, weight, and assimilation

 

A reader notes:

I attached a photo.  I am 6’2” and 230lbs.  I played linebacker and tight end on my high school football team.  I really want to be thin, with significantly less muscle mass, and passable.  I don’t think that it is possible.  I feel that I will always be trapped in this body and there is nothing I can do to change that.
I have read your story and seen the pictures of your transition and they are wonderful, but I just don’t feel that can happen for me.  Thank you so much for your reply.  I am sure you get all kinds of nasty email from so called “admirers.” I hope that I haven’t offended you or caused any trouble for you.  I was just hoping that you might be able to offer some help for me.

My reply:

Height isn’t a problem if you’re thin. Weight isn’t a problem if you’re short. But the more you have of both decreases the likelihood of being able to blend in. Since you can’t change your height, that leaves weight. I’m not sure if your goal is full-time, but if so, you will also need to seriously consider options for hiding or revising your hair loss. It’s also extremely important to have a good voice when you’re big. You’d still get clocked every now and then at your height, but with appropriate clothes and attitude, you will not have problems. But only if you do everything you can to change the things you can.
Having said that, I know know people much taller than you who have transitioned and are very happy. Don’t let fear hold you back. “Passing” is not the be-all and end-all, but it does make some parts of your life a little easier.


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Posted by Andrea James on 09/26 at 10:00 AM
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What hormones should teen transsexuals take?

 

A reader notes:

First of all you have a great site and i like the fact that it’s concise and to the point, please continue to update it it has become something a of a lifeline for me. I am 15 years old. When i was 14 i came out to my parents they took me to psychologist and refused so recently in my desperation i have started to take premarin as it’s the only thing that i can afford on my own could you please tell me a dosage that might help me out. I want to prevent masculanization and also i wanted to ask will there be any affect on my pelvis. Please tell me if i should run away or not I am seriously thinking about that and I accept it that i will have to do sex work but the thing that’s bothering me and eating me up is should I? I am sorry if this is getting vague but please can you help I need someone to talk to.

My reply:

Thanks for writing, and I am sorry to hear about your difficulties in getting assistance from family and professionals. I am not qualified to suggest dosages, but you can see some good information in this article (which also has FTM dosages, so make sure you read the correct column):
* Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual People: A Review of Treatment Regimens, Outcomes, and Adverse Effects
* http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/88/8/3467
Specifically, this table (note that these amounts are from studies on adults):
* Transsexual hormone dosage table
* http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/88/8/3467/T1
One important recommendation for someone your age is to get on an androgen blocker such as spironolactone. This will stop the effects of androgens like testosterone and make female hormones more effective. It’s the best was to prevent masculinization. It may also allow you to take lower doses of female hormones, which can save you money and be easier on your system.
I’m not sure what you mean about your pelvis, if you mean fat redistribution to your hips, you will have some over time. If you mean the bones themselves, there will be no noticeable change in the bones.
You should definitely NOT run away unless you feel you are in physical danger from your parents. It is safer and cheaper to live at home. I hope this helps!

Related content:
* Obtaining hormones and antiandrogens as a minor: an overview


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Posted by Andrea James on 09/25 at 12:53 PM
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‘Mom, I need to be a girl’: Now in PDF format

 

Lynn Conway notes:

I’ve just compiled and posted Evelyn’s book, “Mom, I need to be a girl,” in PDF format for easy printing of hardcopies. Here are links to the current html and new PDF versions of the book (the 77 page PDF version is 970 KB in size):
* ‘Mom, I need to be a girl’ webpage
* ‘Mom, I need to be a girl’ (PDF)
As we know, this wonderful little book is great resource, especially for young trans teens who are trying to come out to their parents. Many print-out and give the book to parents and relatives as part of the process of reaching out for help. I’d appreciate it if you’d forward the link for the new PDF version to your friends and site readers.
PS: I’ll also be compiling PDF’s of the Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Arabic translations of the book sometime soon.

Related content:
* http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Evelyn/Evelyn.html


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Posted by Andrea James on 09/25 at 12:17 PM
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Writing for an international audience?

 

A reader notes:

I wish there was a more constructive way that I could express my gratitude towards you… from my point of view, I’d written off the idea of ever transitioning, so daunted was I by the obstacles in my way. That’s the traditional media for you! Then, I found your site, digested the information over and over, and saw for the first time something I never believed I could ever feel: Hope.
You’ve given me hope.
That’s the power of truth, and truthful information. The value of your site is immeasurable.
If I have one suggestion, it would be to include ‘international’ friendly material, i.e. for TS women who are considering travelling to America for surgery with Dr. O and Meltzer.. I’m sure there’s a few smile For example, it took me a while to figure out what a Rx was! *lol*

My reply:

Thanks for the nice note! I’m so glad my info is giving you hope-- it wasn’t until I found a couple of transition accounts to which I could relate that I had a similar hope.
My apologies for the local nature of my site. When I was writing, I really did not even consider an audience outside of the United States. When time permits, I’ll try to go back through and fix that. I use a lot of American slang and abbreviations that even have fluent speakers scratching their heads!
Best of luck with your transition, and I hope you continue to find sources of hope out there!

Related information:
* International resources for transsexual people


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Posted by Andrea James on 09/24 at 11:19 AM
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Will FFS make my forehead too thin?

 

A reader notes:

First of all, I love your site.  I ran across it a little over a year ago, and it was one of the first sites that convinced me it was possible to have a “good” transition.  Before, I was afraid that transitioning would utterly ruin my already unhappy life.  In the year since, I’ve begun my transition, and happily have not had an overly bad experience yet.  Thanks for your inspiration.
I had one question on facial feminization, in regards to a brow shave.  Is there a risk that the resulting forehead bone will be too thin?  (I wouldn’t want to accidentally bump my head and crack it like an eggshell.) I’m sure this isn’t the case (or at least not that drastically), but it’s something which has been puzzling me.  I have a consultation coming up with Dr. Ousterhout soon, and he’ll probably be able to clear things up, but I thought I’d run the question by you.

My reply:

While I don’t plan on head-butting anyone ever again, I don’t have worries that my new frontal bone configuration is dangerously thin. Two of Dr. Ousterhout’s three procedures actually fill and thicken it.
Beyond a certain tenderness wearing my bike helmet immediately after, my forehead has not been a concern.

Related information:
* Forehead recontouring


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