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Is this common on HRT?

    • 58 posts
    April 10, 2017 2:21 AM BST

    So, I've been taking estrogen for about a week now. I've noticed two things. First, I seem hungrier now. I want to munch on things all day long. From going to the gym and exercising I know about muscle pain after working out my my poor little boobs get the same sort of pain.


    Anybody else experience anything like this?

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    • 1608 posts
    April 10, 2017 9:11 AM BST

    I don't remember getting the munchies, but do recall breast tenderness which comes and goes for the first couple of years.

    I'm sure they're both entirely normal.



    • 58 posts
    April 10, 2017 11:03 AM BST

    Thanks for the answer. I appreciate it. I have to comment one thing. Your signature is my favourit quote of all time, Polonius to his son in Hamlet. :)

    • 138 posts
    April 10, 2017 12:33 PM BST
    Hi Cynthia, Just a comment .It takes a long while ,many months with blood levels being monitored to get an objective view of this,anyway you are right in the middle of it so it's going to be very subjective.Considering that the body has a lot of inertia to the effects of hormones,and also that certain body functions and parts are differently sensitive,and not forgetting there's the effect of T still about ,it's entirely Normal as Lucy says to get these sensations.Regarding the munchies, I used to be really bad but found that the long term effect of increasing Oestrogen[lowering muscle mass ]percentage] .Lowering T levels with suppressor decapapeptyl all under endocrinologists supervision was that I changed my diet and eat less and more healthily.Also in my case ,I became really intolerant to any alcohol.just can't handle it.I feel very healthy now,
    • 701 posts
    April 10, 2017 4:16 PM BST

    7+ years on HRT and the tenderness still manifests itself in indeterminant cycles!  It is welcomed because it usually means a growth spurt.  Mine had been very, very tender for the past 6-8 weeks...(smile)  

    The bottom line is you'll get what you get, no more and no less...just sit back and enjoy your journey!  It's all good...

    Traci xoxo

    • 58 posts
    April 13, 2017 11:04 AM BST

    I've really enjoyed the past week being on estrogen. The munchies have calmed down, finally. I still get the tenderness frequently. Might just be imagination but I see improvements in development even after this short period of time. It might have something to do with the fact that I was almost 8 months on spiro before I started and my body was really "craving" hormones of some sort. Or, might just be my imagination.


    Still, I'm far more happy with them in my body and T much, much lower!

    • 701 posts
    April 13, 2017 6:12 PM BST

    Ultimately, you'll discover that the peace of mind and clarity you will develop will far outweigh any satisfaction you derive from the physical morphing!  Of course the perfect scenario is to have both! (smile)  But I truly most enjoy finally feeling just "right" after all of these years of not feeling "just right".  Hope that makes sense!

    Traci xoxo

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    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.

    • 701 posts
    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

    • 58 posts
    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. :)

    • 58 posts
    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.

    • 58 posts
    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.

    • 2 posts
    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! :)