Feminizing Hormone Therapy
Being transgender, different phases comes in their life. Most importantly, the individuals get concerned about the physical changes and what they can do to make it look the same as their identity. No doubt, with gender change surgery the options are unlimited, and as to what the person wants they can get that specific approach. The feminizing hormone therapy is also referred to as ‘Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy.’
What feminizing hormone therapy is done?
Well! Trans women are given medications that prevent testosterone levels in the body. Estrogen is given which is the key factor for making the women characteristics. So, for the male to female journey can be managed much easily & effectively through this. The surgery may be either combined or given alone, depending on what your preference is. Before making the final call, the doctor will even suggest to you what are the benefits and advantages of getting this done.
What is the need for getting feminizing hormone therapy?
The key consideration here is to change the hormone level and make sure it is the same as the gender identity. Whether it’s female into Male or vice-versa both experience some sort of problem having the gender identity in place and have a concern as to what sex is assigned to them during birth. The feminizing hormone therapy can be used in different scenarios like:
- Make gender dysphoria less severe
- Reduce psychological and emotional distress
- Improve psychological and social functioning
- Improve sexual satisfaction
- Improve the quality of life
Is feminizing hormone therapy safe?
Till now, the research which has been done has shown that it is safe and getting it done benefits the patients, just the way they want. Trans women can get this done at the age of 16 or even later in life. In many cases, the medications are given to delay this stage of life.
Is feminizing hormone therapy for everyone?
Well! The feminizing hormone therapy is not for every trans woman. So, it means there are some cases where it is not suggested like:
- Diagnosed with hormone-sensitive cancer like prostate cancer
- Diagnosed with a health issue which is not able to get under control
- Facing an uncontrolled behavioral health issue
- Facing a situation that is not making it easier to give an informed consent
Can feminizing hormone therapy affect fertility?
YES! It can affect reproductive health. So, it means you have to make that choice. Talk to the doctor about what sort of option you can try or have in the future. Knowing about all these things beforehand allows the patient to have better clarity on which path to opt for and where to go further in making things work.