Starting Trans Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you are a trans woman and want to start taking hormone therapy, then it is wise to meet with a medical professional who specializes in trans healthcare. This professional will work with you to personalize your treatment based on your desires and needs. And, there are a few things that you will likely need to do before you start the therapy. 

Provide a Thorough Medical History

Typically, a trans woman will desire to appear more feminine. And, this can be accomplished through the blocking of testosterone and the administration of female hormones like estrogen. However, before this can happen, your doctor will ask for a full and complete medical history to ensure that the therapy poses no serious risks to your health.

You will be asked about your cancer history. Specifically, your doctor wants to know about any previous treatment or diagnosis of hormone-sensitive cancer. For example, certain types of prostate cancer are hormone-sensitive and may require a different type of hormone therapy.

Also, your physician wants to know if you have any history of blood clots that include DVTs. Estrogen can increase your risk of developing clots. Also, if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, heart or circulation problems, or a family history of breast cancer, then hormone therapy can exacerbate these health concerns. Your doctor can help you to understand possible risks and whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks.

In addition to a full record of your health history, your doctor will likely want to run certain tests. Blood tests are commonly needed to assess your general health and to determine if there are any new health concerns that you are unaware of. 

Prepare For Hormone Administration

Your trans healthcare professional will speak with you about the best method of hormone administration. This can vary based on the hormone dosage and your specific needs. You will have the option of taking pills or applying gels to the skin. Patches and injections are an option as well. 

Once your hormone therapy is outlined with the help of your doctor, you will need to go through therapy to reduce the amount of testosterone that your body produces. Certain medications can help with this and you will likely take these medications for about one to two months. 

At this time, you may also be asked to speak with a counselor. This will allow you to receive clearance from a mental health professional. This professional can also work with you throughout hormone therapy. They can help with any emotions or mental difficulties that develop as you notice your body changing. 

For more information, contact a company such as CAN Community Health.