The Aim of Hormone Therapy

The Aim of Hormone Therapy

The Aim of Hormone Therapy
The Aim of Hormone Therapy

The aim of hormone therapy is to make you feel more at ease with yourself, both physically

and psychologically.

You may be experiencing discomfort because you are not happy with your male or female appearance; or maybe you are not comfortable in your gender role as a man or as a woman. Perhaps both these factors – your appearance and your gender role – are in conflict with your inner sense of being a man or a women (your gender identity). You may have lived with this conflict for many years and be desperate to get some help.

If this is how you are feeling, hormone treatment (testosterone if you are a trans man, and oestrogen if you are a trans woman) may help to overcome your distress. This kind of treatment is sometimes referred to as ‘cross-sex’ hormone therapy.

Male Hormone Blockers
Male Hormone Blockers

In addition, to testosterone or oestrogen, hormone ‘blockers’ may be taken in the early stages of treatment to interrupt the hormone production of your own body, so that the prescribed hormones can be more effective.

Hormone therapy is usually the first treatment that trans people want to have and, for some, it may be the only treatment they need. Some people find that they get sufficient relief from taking hormones so that they do not need to change their gender role or have surgery.

HRT
HRT

If you are a trans woman, cross-sex hormones will be helpful in making your appearance more feminine; if you are a trans man they will make your appearance more masculine. However, whether you are a trans man or a trans woman, you will need to be realistic about the extent of the changes you can expect. Although hormones taken in adulthood can help to keep your bones healthy, they cannot alter your skeletal shape or your height.

In trans women, oestrogen has subtle feminising effects:

  • Fat may be distributed on the hips.
  • The size of the penis and testicles may be slightly reduced.
  • Some trans women find that erections and orgasm are harder to achieve.

 

  • Muscle bulk and power may be reduced.
  • Breasts may feel tender and lumpy and may sometimes increase modestly in size.
  • The growth of facial and body hair may become weaker. This is regarded by many trans women as helpful in supporting the hair removal process using electrolysis and/or laser treatment and other hair removal techniques.
  • Male pattern baldness may be slowed or stopped, but is not necessarily reversed.
  • Muscle bulk and power may be reduced.
  • Breasts may feel tender and lumpy and may sometimes increase modestly in size.
  • The growth of facial and body hair may become weaker. This is regarded by many trans women as helpful in supporting the hair removal process using electrolysis and/or laser treatment and other hair removal techniques.
  • Male pattern baldness may be slowed or stopped, but is not necessarily reversed.

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