“When I started my transition, I would purchase hormones from close friends who had a health care provider that specialized in hormone therapy. I didn’t have much knowledge of gender affirming care or the correct dose for my body, I only followed the advice of other transwomen in my circle who I trusted. It wasn’t until I started seeing a healthcare professional that provided gender affirming care when I learned in detail the Pros and Cons to hormone therapy. A few years ago, I was advised to stop taking hormones for a while due to other health concerns, it was a precautionary measure that I would not have taken had I not been seeing a healthcare provider that offered gender affirming care at their establishment."
It is important to know that being trans is not dependent upon medical procedures.
Hormone therapy is a form of therapy in which sex hormones and other hormonal medications are administered to trans or gender nonconforming individuals for the purpose of more closely aligning their secondary sexual characteristics with their gender identity. This form of hormone therapy is given as one of two types, based on whether the goal of treatment is feminization or masculinization.
Some intersex people may also undergo hormone therapy, either starting in childhood to confirm the sex they were assigned at birth, or later to align their sex with their gender identity. Non-binary or genderqueer people may also undergo hormone therapy to achieve a desired balance of sex hormones.
Many transgender people are prescribed hormones by their doctors to change their bodies; some undergo surgeries, but not all transgender people can or will take those steps. It is important to know that being trans does not dependent upon medical procedures.
“I started hormones off the black market. We didn’t have doctors back then. I started taking hormones to see myself how I envisioned myself. I wanted the outside to be like the inside. I wanted to exude femininity. A pro is that you can see the effects in a positive matter. Your hair and nails get longer and I developed into what I always was. The con is the fucking mood swings, hot flashes and instability. The hunger and weight watching is not fun. In the early days, also, the lack of knowledge on how to get them.”
“For me, you have to be careful not to take too much. When I take them, they make me emotional and can put me in a depressed mood. That can make me feel sentimental, moody, and lonely.”