Hormonal therapy for transgender people
There are already fantastic resources on this topic available. Here's the basics,
in my opinion:
- They are not a magic pill. You won't "become a woman" taking them.
- I think of hormonal-induced changes as generally quite subtle, taking several
- Do not depend on them alone to make you accepted by others as female, because
they will not.
- They will not reduce facial hair much, if at all.
- They will not change your voice.
- They will have an effect on body hair eventually (especially androgen
- Androgen blockers can help reduce doses of hormones needed.
- Androgen blockers are useful for halting scalp hair loss.
- You will see changes in your complexion and fat redistribution.
- Injectable hormones seemed to be more effective in my case, compared to
- They had a wonderful calming effect for me and took the edge off my sex
- You can hide the effects of hormones from others for as long as you want
in virtually every case. Those who say they can't seem to want people to notice.
- Hormones are potentially dangerous.
- I do not recommend herbals or care about them, since their potency and safety
are not regulated. Those serious about a safe, successful transition should
be taking prescription hormones under a physician's care.
- Getting a prescription and doing it supervised is often cheaper, safer,
and more effective than black market options.
Primary net resources
I do not answer questions about hormones or their effects. For those wanting
more practical information, please go to these hormone pages:
Henk Asscheman, M.D. and Louis J.G. Gooren, M.D. Hormone Treatment in Transsexuals
Sexuality.org Hormone FAQ
Transsexual Hormone Therapy FAQ
Endocrine Therapy for Transgender Adults in British Columbia: Suggested Guidelines (PDF)
Obtaining hormones and antiandrogens as a minor: overview
The Information Exchange at GenderLife.com has a free subscriber-only forum with discussions about
TS Do-It-Yourself Hormones is a popular Yahoo group: