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    • August 23, 2017 1:42 AM BST
    • Soon it will be 6 months, where does the time go! I'm really start to notice the effects, especially after changing the spiro I was getting to the brand name. The generic company, ask for the name if you have similar problems with generic medications, that made to the spiro I was taking might have well been sending me sugar pills. I did absolutely nothing the medication is supposed to do, even for heart issues. Over the past few weeks with increased estrace and spiro I've notices a tone of changes. First of course, I'm to the point of needing to bra shop again because the old ones are too tight. Second, hair growth on the face has slowed. Between that and laser there are days I go out with absolutely no makeup and I'm not treated differently.


      I'll check back in later next month. Right now I have to get ready for a trip with a wonderful that I met online. She is the apple of my eye and I have good feelings about us.


    • August 8, 2017 12:48 AM BST
    • Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks so much for sharing this post! For the longest time I'd been struggling with a few of the side effects you mentioned, but could never be sure if this was a normal thing or just me! Apparently this post says hrt side effects are fairly common / the list is pretty long? It wasn't until I stumbled on your post that I found someone with a similar experience, so thanks again for sharing this. Really appreciate it, and hope your 6 month anniversary is as great as you want it to be! :) 

    • July 4, 2017 9:16 PM BST
    • Today marks my 3rd month on HRT. I'm loving the effects on my body. My hair on my head is much fuller, and more of a pain. My breasts are steadily getting larger. They always ache when I get up in the morning. The parts that I detest are shrinking. So, I'm a happy girl and can't wait for the 6 month anniversary.

    • April 29, 2017 8:38 PM BST
    • Into my fourth week on estrogen. Breasts still get tender now and again but the munchies have at least departed. I'm noticing a few minor things that are pleasant. Slow but continuous breast development. Definite softening of my skin as well. The rate at which my hair is growing seems to have increased but that might be the gummies I got for hair/nails. The emotional changes are so incredible! Mental clarity like I've never had before. My already empathic feelings are even stronger than before. I feel a lot more for people that I used to. Things are making me laugh outloud rather than just to myself.

    • April 15, 2017 3:41 PM BST
    • Being on antiandrogens for over six months did a lot to clear my mind. The longer I was on them though the harder it became to present male at work because the sense of "wrongness" escalated the longer I was on them, especially once my endocrinologist increased them from the low dose I was on to something higher.


      Coming up on two weeks with E and a much higher dose of antiandrogens. It has been amazing so. Yes, just knowing that I started on estrogens has been huge for my mental state. Much of that is like a placebo effect for sure. It is like having an anti-anxiety medication in your purse to help with panic attacks and it reduces the anxiety and amount of panic attacks because you know that it is there.


      I am noticing physical changes as well as mental changes. Softer skin is definitely on of the changes. My hair seems softer and shinier too, growing faster, possibly. The munchies are much better, or I'm getting better and not giving into them. Continued breast development is definitely there. My bra pads are close to not being able to fit in my bra any longer.


      It is definitely a wonderful ride so far. Time to sit back and just enjoy the trip. :)

    • April 13, 2017 11:11 PM BST
    • To add to Crissy's comment, what was definitely not placebo was a very quick change in body scent and skin softening.  For me, things flipped at around two weeks to one month...everything else took a fair amount of time.  

      Traci xoxo

    • April 13, 2017 6:52 PM BST
    • In my experience and how other have described their initiation to HRT, the first few weeks are placebo effect, the comfort and knowledge to know one is finaly on the path to their desired destiny.

    • August 3, 2017 4:09 AM BST
    • Thanks for that info. At least one of the formulas shows added stearates and gelatine capsules. I've started building a list of (nonprescription) ingredients and will probably use a FileMaker Pro database to catalog at least a few dozen phytoestrogen sources. It will list botanical names, common names, leading geographical sources and online commercial sources for single phytoestrogen plants and herbs from the largest online herbal suppliers. Some of the ingrediants can be obtained from local wicca and herb shops. I've built up a lot of files on this over the last year. I want to experiment and learn from others which ones seem most effective. I'd like to make hormonal formulas, learn to make breast creams, suppositories, tisanes, beverages, food recipes and lots of things just for myself and any TG friends. I would not want to do this as a business because then it would require FDA compliance and so forth, which can get very complicated. Later I can write about it online and share any ideas I find or come up with. But I won't be starting right away. 'Just have way too many projects happinging right now. Maybe by September I might start buying ingredients.

    • August 2, 2017 11:36 PM BST
    • I replied with a pic and link to your email...(smile)


    • August 2, 2017 11:02 PM BST
    • I'm in a similar position. I can afford what I want if it's not a waste of money. Notwithstanding what I tell the world, my age is only a teensy bit less than yours and likewise my health is fantastic. Not a gym buff and usually don't get enough exercise but unlike many vegans who eat low quality food, I eat a low salt, low oil, low sweet vegan diet with plenty of colorful and juicy organic veggies and good clean water from glass bottles. I'm fairly thin with incredibly smooth skin for my age.  I think I wear the same bra size as you but mine has mostly padding. I will go to your profile now and try to message you.

    • August 2, 2017 8:13 PM BST
    • lol on the, they are all mine! (smile)

      I'm a "full A" or smallish

       B cup but wear 38B bras when I wear them as it's a better fit for a born male torso...message me and I'll send you the link to the site of my source for the plants.  Just mentioning it in here usually elicits a firestorm of negative responses and I like and respect those that do too much to engage in any debate at this point.  It is what it is...I'm not a salesperson for their products, just a completely satisfied, almost 8 year user. 


      As there are numerous pharma solutions to medical issues, there are and have been for thousands of years, natural solutions as well.  I'm a believer in alternative medicine and healing and my overall health is off the charts for someone my age. (knock on wood)  I have the energy and looks of a much younger person than a 67 ought to have so I must be on to something that works well with my body and metabolism.  But it is a topic I cannot win in here so I usually just let things slide without engaging in conversations that will more than likely create ill feelings.  It has happened in the past if you go back and look at older threads from the "Hormone" thread.  While I do not argue against the effectiveness of the pharma route, I just know there are other solutions.  

      That said, my protocol costs a lot more per month over prescribed meds but I have the means to be able to choose whatever I wish to.


      Good luck with your search...



    • August 2, 2017 6:34 PM BST
    • Hi Traci, Even if you aren't vegan, it looks like you've attained some breast development using those "plants". Can you tell me what you have been using? I think I've heard of them all but I'd be curious to know. I'm primarily imnterested in plant-derived pharmaceutical hormones that qualify for SRS but also interested in all other plant-derived hormones. I was unable to look at your photos because each time I tried, the system said they are unavailable at this time. But the profile pic shows some curvature, presumably natural without being taped as the pro queens do it. Thanks for the input.

    • August 2, 2017 2:37 AM BST
    • For what it's worth, if you look at my profile pic and others in my albums, this was all done with plants...but I know better than to carry this conversation further...I have zero credibility expect for the small handful of people I've met thru this site that rarely ever post, let alone even log in here any more.  

      My take is that there are alternatives to prescribed, period...might they be weaker than the pharm products?  Possibly...  did they work well for me?  Absolutely without a doubt...I've been passing seemlessly into mainstream society for years now and can even wear a two piece bathing suit at the beach and turn heads for the right reasons!  (smile)

      But I'm not a vegan Dollina so my input here based on your topics is a moot point.  I just had to get it off my chest...

      Best wishes in your search for answers...

      Traci xoxo

    • August 1, 2017 11:33 PM BST
    • Yes, Harvard has some credibility but 17 beta-estradiol might just be one kind of estradiol.

      First problem: Bioidentical estradiol is made by synthesis. Synthesis usually means a conversion of one chemical into another, using untold chemicals. Unless the untold chemicals are fully revealed, there is no way to prove it's totally free of animal products.

      Second problem: Even if plants are the primary source of estradiol, that's good but pharmaceuticals are often blended with lots of animal -sourced things, like animal-derives stearates. In your first post you mention that you found "magnesium stearate" in the estradiol that you checked. There is no transparency in the pharm industry so we vegans do not know if that's the usual animal derived stearate or the less usual plant-derived stearate. And then again, we don't know if the sysnthesis of a plant-derived stearate is always free of anaiml-derived chemicals used to make it.

      Basically, most people don't know what's in these drugs because they are pretty much secret formulas, not single ingedients.

      CORRECTION: In a previous post above I mentioned "steroids" but I meant stearates. Estradiol is itself a steroid occuring naturally in animals and humans. Stearates used in drug and vitamin formulas are usually from animal sources.


    • August 1, 2017 10:49 PM BST
    • Hopefully Harvard is credible:

      "Bioidentical hormones — hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies. They're not found in this form in nature but are made, or synthesized, from a plant chemical extracted from yams and soy. Bioidentical estrogens are 17 beta-estradiol, estrone, and estriol. (Estradiol is the form of estrogen that decreases at menopause.)"

      The only animal-derived estrogen that I know of is Premarin, which is no longer on the UK gender clinics' list of prescribed treatments.


    • August 1, 2017 10:30 PM BST
    • Hi Lucy, My interst in this topic of vegan and transgender intersectionality is for me but I'm also gathering info because I may wish to write about it later. Yes, I've considered estradiol. You say it's plant-derived. How do you know estradiol is plant derived? Can you point to a credible source online? I could not find one. And even if it is plant-derived, any added steroids are not quaranteed to be plant derived. I know that steriods are manufactured from animal slaughter products and sometimes supposedly from plant sources. but unless it's stated in writing on the package, there is no evidence to say it's a plant-derived steroid. And most companies do not care about informing consumers what's vegan and what's not.

    • August 1, 2017 8:40 PM BST
    • Have you considered estradiol? Although it's bio-identical to human estradiol it is actually plant-derived, and is certainly very effective.

      I found some info on one type of tablet, presumably other brands won't differ much; apparently they also contain the "following inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and polacrilin potassium. In addition, the 1 mg tablets also contain D&C Red #30, D&C Yellow #10, and FD&C Blue #1. The 2 mg tablets also contain D&C Yellow #10, and FD&C Blue #1."

      I looked up the colourings (why they need those in tablets is beyond me), none of them are animal derived.


    • August 1, 2017 2:11 PM BST
    • I'm curious to hear from any ethical vegan transgender MTF and FTM people ONLY.... not so much non-vegans or trollers....... regarding your views about plant-based hormones. Pueraria Mirifica has been discussed and I'm conviced it has some serious merit. Feel free to discuss the legal hormone regimen requirements of SRS and how these requirements may infringe on the right of vegans to pursue SRS. I do not want a debate about plant-based versus animal-based hormones because us true ethical vegans are going to work strictly within the boundaries of using products that are ethically derived without animal enslavement regardless of the naysayers who incorrectly claim that there are no effective botanicals. I have a general suspicion that most pharmaceuticals are animal derived products. Yes, I know people will tell me they are largely synthesized but that is not a simple truth. Syntheisization is not a clear indication of beong plant-derived or animal free. And most medicines come in gelatine capsules which is something no ethical vegan will consume in a non-emergency. Another bottom line issue regards any legal right we may or may not have to be informed of every ingredient and process used in the formation of proprrietary hormone pharmaceuticals. Let's talk about botanical pharmaceuticals, meaning specifically any plant-derived hormones that require a prescription. Let's also talk about plant-based hormones in general as well. As a footnote, I've had a longtime pen friend in Europe who has used Pueraria Mirifica for two years. She has experienced marvelous breast development. And I've heard this from other independent sources as well.

    • July 23, 2017 10:29 PM BST
    • I really have so much to learn.  Are there any accurate web sites that will cover this?  There seems to be a lot of info out there, but what to trust?


      Lucy, your opinion is very valuable.  You are giving me real information from your own experience and reading.  



    • July 20, 2017 11:55 PM BST
    • "I have come accross some references to using herbs as opposed to animal based hormones in order to gain the desired results."

      Animal based hormones? I can only think of one animal based form of oestrogen - Premarin; which is extracted from the urine of pregnant mares, but that is really not prescribed any more, at least not round here, probably because it's such a gross way of obtaining oestrogen.

      "Standard HRT"

      Presumably you mean, as opposed to "herbal HRT". Undoubtedly the safest form of hormone replacement therapy is bioidentical oestrogen, which, like all the herbals out there, is derived from plant products, soy or yam I think.

      As Katia points out, many of these herbals are toxic in large doses, and the main difference between herbals and bioidenticals is that herbals contain a fraction of the amount of oestrogen. So you need to consume more to get similar effects, risking toxicity.

      That's if they work at all, because the herbal hormone industry is a hotbed of quackery. Inevitably herbal hormones are hugely expensive compared to bioidenticals, weaker, potentially more toxic, and not subject to the same testing and regulations as standard hormones as herbals are considered a food supplement.

      Some girls swear by them, I am entirely sceptical, and yes, I've tried a few.

      Bioidentical oestrogen means it's exactly the same as human oestrogen. There can be nothing better if you want to achieve feminisation. It's suprisingly inexpensive too.

      Don't take any medication, herbal or otherwise, on a whim. If you are going to take any form of hormones you should only do so if you intend to transition. Just my opinion.



    • July 18, 2017 10:13 PM BST
    • No expert on hormonal treatments, but I do use herbs a lot for all manner of ailments and emergencies, and this leaves me puzzled... Fennel has many properties and is a wonderful herb but, er... Black Cohosh is a powerful fellow, that you want to treat with respect because in bigger doses it is toxic. No personal experiences of Rodheola or Maca.

      Do not assume that because they are "just herbs" you can up the dosage, mix and match at will. Herbs can be as powerful as chemical drugs (else why would they work??) and require some caution.

      I have to say my trust in herbal medicine is pretty much inexhaustible, but there is too much of a tendency to attribute very fancy properties to herbs, with I am not sure what agenda...

      Echinacea was suddenly attributed the power to cure anything except outright beheading a few years back... of course when these claims were put to the test they turned out to be mostly bogus and the whole herbal medicine philosophy was thrown into ridicule.

      Christ, if Fennel provided the, ahem, *desired results* you could not move for boobs in Italy, we eat it as salad!!

      My advice is to take these claims with a grain of salt. That said there are good herbal practitioners who have both an open mind and good scientific basis and who will probably be able to give you a more informed response... I trust herbs with my life (literally) but I would do some serious research on this.

    • July 18, 2017 9:59 PM BST
    • I have come accross some references to using herbs as opposed to animal based hormones in order to gain the desired results.  These include Fennel of all things.  Names like Black Cohosh, Rhodeola Rosea and Maca all sound viable.  But what are the dangers and can you mix and match?  What are the time periods like compared to standard HRT?



    • July 19, 2017 9:09 PM BST
    • Kathi Miller said:

      Hi Kyma,

      Edit edit edit....If you read my earlier post, disregard. I went to WebMD and your results are within normal ranges for Total Testosterone. Given you had the test done at a wellness clinic, I'm not surprised that the nurse quoted the wrong values for normal range. According to WebMD, the normal range for Total Testosterone in a healthy male is 270 ~ 1070 ng/dL. You are withing that range, so all is good. Sort of. The normal range of Total Testosterone for a woman is 15 ~ 70 ng/dL. So, if you are looking to be more feminine, that nasty testosterone has got to go! :-) See your GP to start hormone treatments to lower testosterone and raise estrogen. Good luck on your journey...

      You were very right ma'am. It was a new test for lab..... had not set reference range.. should of been 348 - 1197 ram Range for ok "male" health, I was 350.7. Super low end. Might be why having other problems.

    • July 19, 2017 3:24 PM BST
    • Nurse is running about 6 additional test. To try to resolve... I'm getting all my hormones tested..

      A little more of why I requested test.

      4 months ago, general doctor wanted to run t test.

      Result= very low
      Repeated test

      Result= bottom of range

      Did nothing after that.

      I have no physically problems. All other test very good. mentally, it's hard for me to have an erection and orgasm about impossible during sex.

      This is too freaking weird, and I wonder why I want do fem things....

      Have a feeling I'm headed to an endo doctor, for not the reason I originally though I might go.

    • July 19, 2017 3:11 PM BST
    • Hi Kyma,

      Edit edit edit....If you read my earlier post, disregard. I went to WebMD and your results are within normal ranges for Total Testosterone. Given you had the test done at a wellness clinic, I'm not surprised that the nurse quoted the wrong values for normal range. According to WebMD, the normal range for Total Testosterone in a healthy male is 270 ~ 1070 ng/dL. You are withing that range, so all is good. Sort of. The normal range of Total Testosterone for a woman is 15 ~ 70 ng/dL. So, if you are looking to be more feminine, that nasty testosterone has got to go! :-) See your GP to start hormone treatments to lower testosterone and raise estrogen. Good luck on your journey...

    • July 19, 2017 2:43 PM BST
    • I am not taking anything.... got back wellness check blood sample. I ask my nurse to run t level also. They did total testosterone test.

      1.5 to 6.84 was normal range

      I tested 350.70...

      Anyone have any thoughts on this... or problems I need to be concerned about

    • July 7, 2017 7:37 PM BST

    • July 7, 2017 6:48 AM BST
    • Traci Lee O'Gara said:

      I know many people have had much success in Thailand...they are considered "state of he art" at a couple of facilities...personally, if it were me, I'd wait a few years to allow your breasts to develop naturally before you "stack" stuff over them for they will continue to grow and could end up looking pretty weird if you rush it.  Hun, patience is a virtue here and there are no shortcuts to a successful transition.  Do not succumb to temptations to wanting it all "now".  Heck, it takes CIS Women a half dozen years or more to go thru puberty and that is exactly what we are doing as do give this some thought...




      hi traci, i think your advice is sound and good.

      i guess i will train myself to be patient and wait.... ^.^ thank you so much.

    • July 6, 2017 4:26 PM BST
    • I know many people have had much success in Thailand...they are considered "state of he art" at a couple of facilities...personally, if it were me, I'd wait a few years to allow your breasts to develop naturally before you "stack" stuff over them for they will continue to grow and could end up looking pretty weird if you rush it.  Hun, patience is a virtue here and there are no shortcuts to a successful transition.  Do not succumb to temptations to wanting it all "now".  Heck, it takes CIS Women a half dozen years or more to go thru puberty and that is exactly what we are doing as do give this some thought...



    • July 6, 2017 7:24 AM BST
    • Traci Lee O'Gara said:

      Nope...mine are "real"...(smile)




      i may be a little bit impatient... lol

      i am thinking of doing it in asia, please if someone has any idea, let me know, i believe it is cheaper in asia but is standards worthy? I know korea and singapore should be the high standard of asia, since they are more or less westernized society.

      anyone done breast augmentation here in singapore?


      been saving up for years =)

    • July 4, 2017 9:30 PM BST
    • 100% natural here as well. Only A cup but only been on HRT 3 months so need to give it more time

    • July 4, 2017 9:10 PM BST
    • Nope...mine are "real"...(smile)


    • July 4, 2017 6:17 AM BST
    • hi there! did anyone done breast augmentation in singapore or korea? I thinking of doing breast implants there with hormone treatment.

    • July 6, 2017 4:40 PM BST
    • The USA has primitive care at best with only small isolated pockets of genuinely concerned and knowledgable practioners willing to work with us.  Most underprescribe proper dosages erring on the cautious side and often write scripts for things like ethinyl estradiol or premarin which have been proven to be either extremely risky or basically uselss.  To get them to open their eyes and and look at us as patients who actually grasp what they need more so than the doctors themselves is most often futile and creates an adversarial position between doctor and patient.  To find a doctor willing and open to viewing us as "equals" in this is rare and worth the effort to work with. I'm fairly certain that a large proportion of our community has spent countless hours researching, questioning, and sifting thru tons of available information out there to be able to come up with solid protocols to get started and safely and effectively go forward.

      But there's so many hurdles for us to overcome within the medical and insurance world and everybody's situation appears to be different. 

      One day, some day, there will be an actual "Tranny Handbook" which provides proper and realisitc guidelines and protocols based one's age and situation.  Until then, we just plug along the best we can!  The UK at least has a mechanism in place to work with us.  The USA is helter skelter...

      Traci xoxo

    • July 4, 2017 10:23 PM BST
    • The great thing about the UK National Health services and the UK Gender Recognition Act is that genuine doctors will treat all patients with the same jaded attitude.   Seriously though, most doctors, will if they don't understand the complexities of Transgender disorders will refer a person to a someone who knows what is what, waiting times vary from area to area, due to financial limitations, an over burdened health service.   We do have specialist gender clinics.   I should imagine in a lot of countries where people have to pay private medical insurance, a doctors response and attitude will depend on if a policy covers such treatments, so in those cases it is all about an ability to pay.I had my surgery done in Berne, for several reasons, they did the procedure I thought was best for me, secondly it was expediant once I was ready for it, without a lengthy wait, and in the event something went wrong or there were complications it was'nt as far away as Thailand. but it was'nt the cheapest.

    • July 4, 2017 9:31 PM BST
    • One of the primary reasons for people to turn to the internet pharmacies is because of the lack of good care, at least here in the USA.  Most doctors are not schooled nor care about us and thus when scheduled, usually only provide "solutions" that they have "cut and pasted" from guess where?  Yup, trans web sites that share information on their transitioning.  This is why a drug like Spiro is prescribed time after time to eliminate testosterone when the truth is Spiro is a T "blocker" and is used primarily to reduce sweling in extremities in people who have congestive heart failure.  And the "myth" of the "success" of this drug gets passed down not only to the medical field, but also m2F transitioners years after year.  Virtually all are ignorant of the potential for brutal side effects.  And then many girls think that if 100mg is a "normal" dose, that 200 or even 400mg will help them transition even faster!  


      As there is no money to be made in our community due to such a small incidence of trans folks in the overall population, there have never been any clinical studies done over time to find what really works and what doesn't.  Only a handful of medical types have taken it upon themselves to go further and thus provide good care.  There are a few here in the USA that are m2F women and are doing remarkable work, but there are not enough of them.  


      Fact:  I knew a TON more about HRT and transitioning than my general practioner and endo.  I no longer consult with them on any matter regarding hormones.  I truly feel they wish I would just go away and not bother them.  Their wish has been granted...(smile)


      Traci xoxo

    • July 4, 2017 7:56 AM BST
    • took me an hour to read finish this thread. really useful to understand.

      thanks for sharing :)

    • July 4, 2017 6:19 AM BST
    • i wear a bra for aesthetic purposes.. want the shape of my body to be nice fitting and curvy

    • June 28, 2017 11:07 PM BST
    • I'm 48 and started 3 months ago, close enough to 3 months. The most immediate noticable change were the emontional changes. I've never felt as clear and happy in my entire life. I personally do not like the idea of patches/gels. I've known others that had absorption issues through the skin and responded much better to injections/tablets.

    • June 27, 2017 3:49 PM BST
    • Remember no drug is designed to change men into women, Spiro used to be used to inhibit the androgen  receptors recognising the naturally produced T,    Often used in over production of T affecting a persons heart rate.    It.s basically a T blocker.     Persons with intersex conditions ie. AIS, Reifensteins and people born with xxy cromosones should not be prescribed  Spiro.   It still suprises me that candidates for transition as far as I am aware are not tested for these conditions.    Lucy is our expert on HRT, having done a lot of research for herself.   AND does'nt she look great on it.

    • June 27, 2017 1:37 PM BST
    • For what it is worth, spiro is most used for people being treated for congenitive heart issues to reduce swelling in their extremities.  If it were so effective in blocking T (and I use the word "block", not kill off), there'd be hundreds of thousands, if not millions of men complaining about losing their ahhhh...ummm....manhood! (smile)  Plus, it can mess with your body tons if not careful.  

      As Lucy said, avoid it...


      Traci xoxo

    • June 27, 2017 1:23 PM BST
    • You neither want nor need spiro. If you're of a certain age then oestrogen alone will reduce your testosterone count dramatically, if not entirely.

      Patches (or gels) are probably the safest route but as long as it's 17-Beta oestradiol then pills are pretty safe too. As well as 2 x 2mg tablets per day I'm also prescribed oestrogel, which is probably less hassle than patches; it dries/disappears almost instantly and is unlikely to cause any allergic reactions (I got a deep red mark on my skin around the edge when I tried using a patch, which lasted for over a week).

      17-Beta, or bio-identical oestrogen, is extremely safe.

      Spiro is more risky, best to avoid it, especially as you'll find it's entirely unnecessary.


    • June 27, 2017 1:06 PM BST
    •   You lovely ladies have given me some hope that all will not be in vain.  I go to the doctor again on July 13th so i just have to wait a little longer.  I don't know much about specific HRT meds yet, but maybe one of you can give me just a little help.  From everything i read i want to go onto Spiro (oral) and estrogen (patch) as i hear this is the safer way to go. After I get those levels under control and all is good I will add progesterone.  Is it wrong that i am going to use HRT as an excuse to quit smoking?  I have not really cared about my body up to this point because it never felt like my body so i am looking at this step in my life as a sort of rebirth.  I am 6'1" and weigh in at 280lbs so diet and exercise is really going to be stepped up.

    • June 27, 2017 7:47 AM BST
    • Hi Julie, I was 41 when I started on HRT, and was really happy with the effects. Keep thoughts of cosmetic surgery as a last resort and give the med's several years to do their magic. I'm 13 years and counting now, and am still seeing and feeling the benefits of HRT.
      Oestrogen is a wonderful thing!
      Best of luck in your transition.

    • June 26, 2017 11:19 PM BST
    • Julie...I began my physical transition at the age of 59.  I was a former athlete who maintained myself pretty well over the years and looked decidely masculine.  Almost 8 years downstream on HRT, the metamorphasis has been remarkable!  I have far exceeded any expectation I had in terms of growth and development.  But as Donna alluded to, the absolute best part was in the mental changes.  Virtually all of my former T influenced anger, aggression, angst, and anxiety melted away repalced by a wonderful sense of well being, composure, and an extremely astute clarity of things around me. I truly have found my "happy place" and feeling this way has carried over into being socially accepted as people just seem to "like" me more.  Looking back, it is easy to understand why!  (smile)

      Best wishes always!

      Traci xoxo

    • June 26, 2017 9:22 PM BST
    • Age is not really the issue,but be clear that once you engage with Transition many things cannot be undone.It takes a while for HRT effects to make physical changes,but perhaps more significant is the mental changes you may well experience.How the meds work will depend a lot on your own base health e.g. If you smoke ,weight, if you have any liver or blood or heart condition.Golden rule is make sure you get proper medical supervision.General advice is to start HRT before considering any kind of surgery.Also consider that you will need to have some sort of schedule to see a specialist in gender dysphoria.and gauge how you feel ,when and what steps to take next.Generally try to look after your general health

    • June 26, 2017 6:57 PM BST
    •  So i had my first appointment with the GP and things went really well.  He ordered up blood test and had me make a follow up appointment.  I am still very scared of the next step but that is only outweighed by my drive to get things started.

        I hope i can ask one more question of all the great people here?  I am almost 40 now, i want to start HRT but don't know how well these meds can work for me at my age.  Should I be looking at HRT or at my age I should look more into cosmetic surgery?

    • June 19, 2017 6:41 PM BST
    • Trans friendly GP! they still are required to have a duty of care, that is any medication drugs prescribed are warranted,  a valid need, so you might be refered to a gender therapists before the GP makes any recomendations to an endo.   In this climate of litigation, GP's have to cover their backs.    Best of luck xxXxx

    • June 19, 2017 5:11 PM BST
    •   After 30 years fo kicking the tires i am finally on my raod to transition.... what a rough and rocky road to start onto.  I found an endo and when I tried to get referred they told me I had to go to a place called CAMH in Toronto Ontario.  That would be fine except they have an almost 2 year wait!!  I called them to see if I could get in any faster and was given some very helpful info.  So this Thursday I will be going to a trans friendly GP to start my journey and I am just wondering what to expect?  Am i going to be sat down and just talked to or will I maybe see blood work ordered? I have heard many say that i probably won't get any meds on the first visit but I don't want to wait any longer.  I have waited this long, Im almost 40 now so i think i know what i want.

    • June 4, 2017 2:42 AM BST
    • Hello I have a quick question has anyone hear heard of it making a significant difference injectioning into the thigh vs the glute region.  I have been on IM estradiol since January 2017 and the progress has been slow going.  For the majority of the time I have been injecting into my thigh area.  Here recently I decided to change to my hip area to see if that would make a difference.  What I believe was happening is my body is burning off the shot in the thigh too quickly and the levels drop precipitously before it has had a chance to do its magic. The last time I had some blood work done was back in early april in my estradiol was off the charts at 1800+pg/mL  I am going back to her in July to discuss this with her but I just wanted to get some differing idea and to see  if anyone else has gone through anyting similar.