Jump to content
  • Welcome to the TransPulse Forums!

    We offer a safe, inclusive community for transgender and gender non-conforming folks, as well as their loved ones, to find support and information.  Join today!

The things no one tells us about hrt.


Red_Lauren.

Recommended Posts

Thanks everyone. This last draw was near the end of the patch cycle, so that's probably it. And, I have lost some weight (Yay!) I had not considered these factors. Y'all have really taken a load off of my mind.

Link to comment
  • Replies 191
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Jamie68

    29

  • Jackie C.

    26

  • Ivy

    15

  • Red_Lauren.

    12

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

Ah patches our little E friends. I had similar horror moment with my last bloods. T down and E down !!

What it turned out to be was bad batch of patches. Some that wouldn't stick for even a day, some stuck like teenagers wanting the next great thing their friends have.

Changed to another batch of patches, feel calmer and happier too boot. Still got 2 weeks until next blood test for COVID doesn't close everything down here.

And I too have put on weight since HRT. However that is partly because I had a bad knee and had to wait for an operation. Knee has been done and healed, so I;m now starting to ride again. It helps both with the physical aspect and the mental aspect. I still have a few kilos to shift. Working on projects in the shed keeps me from sitting on the couch or in front of the computer.

Except for the cricket. (Shakes head, what happened to England, crazy stuff).

 

So lastly hugs to everyone and a happy New Year to you all.

 

Hugs

Robyn

Link to comment
  • Forum Moderator
4 hours ago, Marcie Jensen said:

This last draw was near the end of the patch cycle, so that's probably it.

I ran into that issue several years ago.  My doctor suggested having lab work done in the middle of your "patch" cycle.  That evened out my results.  

 

Jani

Link to comment

Last blood draw December 16th. T actually went up 10 points. I'm still not in range for E or T. Doctor put me back on spiro along with the progesterone and upped the estradiol. Hopefully after a year on HRT my levels will get in line. Hopefully in another 6 months to a year I'll get bottom surgery. Then we start all over again. 

 

On another note, after 9 months of HRT my breasts are still just an A cup. I just ordered a breast pump/massager. Hopefully between the pump and me massaging the girls, I will grow to at least a B cup. I don't want a ba just yet. I want natural boobs if possible. 

Link to comment
5 hours ago, Jamie68 said:

Last blood draw December 16th. T actually went up 10 points. I'm still not in range for E or T. Doctor put me back on spiro along with the progesterone and upped the estradiol. Hopefully after a year on HRT my levels will get in line. Hopefully in another 6 months to a year I'll get bottom surgery. Then we start all over again. 

 

On another note, after 9 months of HRT my breasts are still just an A cup. I just ordered a breast pump/massager. Hopefully between the pump and me massaging the girls, I will grow to at least a B cup. I don't want a ba just yet. I want natural boobs if possible. 

I’m a pretty solid A after 9 months and, based on the size of my mother and daughters, probably will not get any bigger. I’ve been wearing some sort of bra for the past year. I’m going to wait till after my snippety doo-dah to decide if I want BA.

 

I’m due for bloodwork but I’m taking oral estradiol. My hormone levels were well within range at the 6 month mark but I do worry that it could stray. 

Link to comment
2 hours ago, Erica Gabriel said:

I’m a pretty solid A after 9 months and, based on the size of my mother and daughters, probably will not get any bigger. I’ve been wearing some sort of bra for the past year. I’m going to wait till after my snippety doo-dah to decide if I want BA.

 

I’m due for bloodwork but I’m taking oral estradiol. My hormone levels were well within range at the 6 month mark but I do worry that it could stray. 

I think my 2 older sisters are a B. I left the option open for a BA at the same time as bottom surgery in apx 1-1/2 yrs.

All my meds are oral also.

Link to comment
8 hours ago, Jamie68 said:

On another note, after 9 months of HRT my breasts are still just an A cup.

I've been on low dose E for about 2 1/2 years.  I'm still at an A.  My mother was not large, sisters probably not that much either.  I asked the endocrinologist (VA) about adding progesterone, but he claimed it wasn't in the protocol.  

On the plus side, they are real enough.  I am more interested in how I feel about things than how impressive they look.  Of course they would help in "passing".

Link to comment
28 minutes ago, Jandi said:

I've been on low dose E for about 2 1/2 years.  I'm still at an A.  My mother was not large, sisters probably not that much either.  I asked the endocrinologist (VA) about adding progesterone, but he claimed it wasn't in the protocol.  

On the plus side, they are real enough.  I am more interested in how I feel about things than how impressive they look.  Of course they would help in "passing".

I agree it’s how you feel that matters most.

Link to comment
1 hour ago, Jandi said:

On the plus side, they are real enough.  I am more interested in how I feel about things than how impressive they look.  Of course they would help in "passing".

Yes, they are real and they feel awesome. I do want to pass though. I'm getting real tired of getting "CLOCKED"

Link to comment

For sure - my weight changed a lot on HRT. But my weight changed substantially, especially location of where my weight ‘sits’ after my GCS. 

Link to comment
  • 2 weeks later...

Let me add this. I started Progesterone about a month ago, and what suprised me was the mental and sexual changes. At first I felt really tired, moody, and -excited- all at once. 

 

Now about a month in. Yea I still have a sex drive, but I would say its pretty munch gone. I'm starting to lose my ability to get up. It also seems like if I can get up. It really doesn't bring me pleasure any more. The end result dose, but not the process. Speaking of the process. Because of my inability to get up. Toys have become my new favorite thing. It also seems like I'm dry now for the most part, but im able to go many many more times compared to when I was a man. 

 

The mental stuff. I feel like Progesterone has really woke up my inner girl. I was 100% straight before hormones. Now i would consider my self bi sexual. The weird thing is I want the adult stuff with a man, but a romantic relationship with a woman. I told a few friends this, and even them selfs are like but you like woman. Then they say they are confused. I'm like you're confused. Imagine going 20 years loving females, and all of a sudden you can see your self with a man. 

Link to comment
6 hours ago, Red_Lauren. said:

Let me add this. I started Progesterone about a month ago, and what suprised me was the mental and sexual changes. At first I felt really tired, moody, and -excited- all at once. 

 

Now about a month in. Yea I still have a sex drive, but I would say its pretty munch gone. I'm starting to lose my ability to get up. It also seems like if I can get up. It really doesn't bring me pleasure any more. The end result dose, but not the process. Speaking of the process. Because of my inability to get up. Toys have become my new favorite thing. It also seems like I'm dry now for the most part, but im able to go many many more times compared to when I was a man. 

 

The mental stuff. I feel like Progesterone has really woke up my inner girl. I was 100% straight before hormones. Now i would consider my self bi sexual. The weird thing is I want the adult stuff with a man, but a romantic relationship with a woman. I told a few friends this, and even them selfs are like but you like woman. Then they say they are confused. I'm like you're confused. Imagine going 20 years loving females, and all of a sudden you can see your self with a man. 

I’m glad that you brought this up. I’m not on Progesterone but my libido is gone and, while the mechanics still work, the sensation is meh. I think there’s a learning process involved where you have to explore more of a whole body thing. As expected, the end result is “mostly dry” but that’s ok. I’m still only into girls. Men are gross 🤮 

Link to comment

@Red_Lauren. interesting you brought this up!  I started P (low dose) in early September and had up until that point been exclusively into women (generally I have been around enough men to just not be into that whole... thing).  About a month later I actually found myself having some very complicated feelings about a man I know and it threw my whole world into chaos for a while.  It didn't help that I was also spending time with friends who identify as pansexual and they had been explaining to me what that meant to them and I actually found their descriptions very compelling (it's about the person, not what's in their pants or how they present).  I had mostly chalked it up to simply widening my horizons and being willing to examine things I used to be afraid to, so it's very interesting that you kind of suggest that P and sexuality may have a correlation.  I now consider myself pansexual but leaning towards women because as @Erica Gabrielsuggested, men can be gross ;)

Link to comment
5 minutes ago, Kelly2509 said:

@Red_Lauren. interesting you brought this up!  I started P (low dose) in early September and had up until that point been exclusively into women (generally I have been around enough men to just not be into that whole... thing).  About a month later I actually found myself having some very complicated feelings about a man I know and it threw my whole world into chaos for a while.  It didn't help that I was also spending time with friends who identify as pansexual and they had been explaining to me what that meant to them and I actually found their descriptions very compelling (it's about the person, not what's in their pants or how they present).  I had mostly chalked it up to simply widening my horizons and being willing to examine things I used to be afraid to, so it's very interesting that you kind of suggest that P and sexuality may have a correlation.  I now consider myself pansexual but leaning towards women because as @Erica Gabrielsuggested, men can be gross ;)

In all honesty, there are some guys that catch my fancy. I’ve a couple of handsome, CLEAN, well coifed coworkers that I could imagine myself………well………I’ll keep that to myself 😈

Link to comment
3 minutes ago, Erica Gabriel said:

In all honesty, there are some guys that catch my fancy. I’ve a couple of handsome, CLEAN, well coifed coworkers that I could imagine myself………well………I’ll keep that to myself 😈

😆 oh yeah, there is a guy here and there that really stir the kool-aid :D Just not men in general ;)

Link to comment
On 1/12/2022 at 6:02 AM, Erica Gabriel said:

I’m glad that you brought this up. I’m not on Progesterone but my libido is gone and, while the mechanics still work, the sensation is meh. I think there’s a learning process involved where you have to explore more of a whole body thing. As expected, the end result is “mostly dry” but that’s ok. I’m still only into girls. Men are gross 🤮 

I've literally been exploring for a few months now. Honestly at this point doing it the old fashioned way is a lot harder, and I feel like I have to force it. 

 

Apprently the Progesterone is working wonders. I saw a friend today that hasn't seen me since before Christmas. She was like your face is a lot more feminine, and before she left i got a hug. Because of our height differences. She's a umpaloompa, and im a Amazon. Her face hits right smack in the middle of my chest. She pulled away and was like holy cow they have gotten so big. My boss who is female heard that, and was like I know tell me about it.

 

Link to comment

Hi,

 

I am only 4 months on weekly intramuscular injections of E only, so I am not very far along in this journey. What don't they tell us, that I wish they did?

 

I think the challenge is more the listening and taking to heart YMMV! 

 

For me, breast budding began within a week. The changes seemed so HUGE from my perspective that I felt like my transition was out of control and scary fast. I thought everyone would notice and talk about me.

 

In reality? 🦗🦗🦗

 

I started going out in public female dress, even though I don't come close to passing and, 🦗🦗🦗🦗🦗🦗

 

Inside has been a rollercoaster of doubts, joy, fear, anticipation, dread, and acceptance. I had all of these feelings before E, but they have overall been more balanced and manageable since starting E. 

 

Is any of this undocumented?

 

No, but until you experience your journey, you likely will not understand how you will feel about each change until you can observe it in the rearview mirror.

 

Wishing a joyful journey to all my sisters, brothers, and siblings!

 

Hugs,

 

Nimue

 

Link to comment

I am not able to bud, but I have to say that I am impressed by all of the accounts her about progesterone. I have been reviewing the professonal literature regarding progesterone, and there is increasing evidence of the benefit. I may consider talking to my PCP about it. I love the changes on HRT so far, although my suitcases seem heavier than ever. 

 

Sincerely

Katie

Link to comment
3 minutes ago, Katie23 said:

although my suitcases seem heavier than ever.

Yeah, I can relate to this. I also shank 1-1/2" since on HRT.

Link to comment
16 hours ago, Katie23 said:

although my suitcases seem heavier than ever. 

 

Sincerely

Katie

I was just thinking about this. I grew up on a farm, and did heavy manual labor till about this time last year. When I mean heavy manual labor. I was lifting things near 100lbs all day, and swinging a sleg hammer, so things that were 45-50 lbs. I had zero trouble with. 

 

Now I struggle with things in the 50lb plus weight. I've also noticed I have lost a lot of endurance, and overall hand strength. Most of my muscle mass has disappeared especially in my arms, chest, back, and shoulders. My arms were so jacked before. That I would look like I was flexing just relaxing. Now I have to flex to even feel a tiny muscle. 

Link to comment

Some of us joke about opening jars, but that's getting less funny each time I can't open a jar like I used to. 

Link to comment
2 hours ago, RhondaS said:

Some of us joke about opening jars, but that's getting less funny each time I can't open a jar like I used to. 

I've noticed this also. I was at the ER with my wife one night and bought a drink out of vending machine. I had to ask someone to open it for me. At home I have tools, channel locks, etc. I even have one of those multi size jar opening tool.

Little off subject but, I remember back when I was in guy mode, as shop foreman I got to repair equipment. I was trying to loosen the blade on our 14" cold saw. I tried with two hands and couldn't get it. I asked someone else, with the same results. One of our field installers who used to play football (6' 4" apx 350#), walked up and loosened it with one hand. I was impressed to say the least.

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Who's Online   2 Members, 0 Anonymous, 91 Guests (See full list)

    • Vidanjali
    • EasyE
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      80.8k
    • Total Posts
      770.8k
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      12,132
    • Most Online
      8,356

    Kay3Seven
    Newest Member
    Kay3Seven
    Joined
  • Today's Birthdays

    1. AP94
      AP94
      (30 years old)
    2. Clare27
      Clare27
      (50 years old)
    3. Shawnster
      Shawnster
      (54 years old)
  • Posts

    • Vidanjali
      It's kind of like the very slow recovery after a devastating hurricane (which mercifully I've not lived through). Rainbows do tend to appear post-storm.    About the Don't Say Gay settlement. Teachers are now allowed to talk about LGBTQIA+ stuff & to be LGBTQIA+, as long as it's not part of the curriculum. So still no formalized education allowed.    The overall impression on the culture of Florida and its influence on US and world culture has had its effect. I do consider myself an optimist and a realist, and do not mean to seem pessimistic. It is good that DeSantis has cooled his jets to whatever extent he has. But the collateral damage here (and by extension elsewhere) is palpable. Yes, people rejoice - we can gather once more and celebrate pride. But it seems to require more guts than just a few years ago bc so many h8ers have been enabled and empowered by policies and demonizing rhetoric over the last few years.    The wonderful thing about hurricane recovery, returning to that comparison, is that it often brings out the very best virtues in people such as compassion, kindness, generosity, and a deeper sense of fellowship and goodwill.
    • VickySGV
      Seems like they caught him pumping gasoline onto a political fire for sure.  I do think that for the time being he has been cooled down a bit. 
    • Davie
      It was Fran Jeffery, manager of The Animals, who signed Jimi Hendrix and brought him to England—launching the career of the best guitarist of all time.
    • VickySGV
      I am not completely sure what you mean here.  To be "held responsible" means that they have been investigated and brought to justice by any number of legal and financial means.  That would be a good thing, and has been done recently in a case for slander and libel where the organization agreed to pay its victims many millions of dollars.  In that case the victims were NOT Trans, but the platform was "held responsible". If you mean simply "found to be responsible" by evidence obtained from various credible sources, then of course there are options for the victims to pursue to "hold them responsible" in monetary or terms of personal freedom of the officers.  There are many such organizations that do foster hatred of our community and we have taken different forms of action which includes exposing their hatred and intentions to other public media.  It is not a "what if" the groups do this, it is done regularly.  As long as they are deemed to be private and not government supported, the best we can do is avoid such places.  If the site is Government Supported, then there is a chain of legal events that one or many legal organizations that support the Trans Community can bring actions to have corrected via the Courts or other agencies as dictated by law. 
    • Davie
      RIP, Doug Ingle, front man of rock band Iron Butterfly, dies aged 78. Singer and organist wrote 17-minute classic In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida,
    • Davie
      Florida’s LGBTQ+ residents relieved after easing of DeSantis’s anti-gay laws Past 12 months show evidence of radical change in political climate, starting with judge again allowing children at drag shows. Leaders of Florida’s much-embattled LGBTQ+ communities say the worst of Governor Ron DeSantis’s three-year onslaught against them may be over, with the official start of Pride month celebrations only days away. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/27/florida-lgbt-law-ron-desantis
    • Ashley0616
      I have four purses. A Coach purse being the only big-name brand but it's not in great shape. I might get another Coach purse because I like their design. 
    • KymmieL
      Happy Memorial day. As a veteran of the armed forces. I know the sacrifice that has been given by others like me. Each and every service member signs the check up to and including my life, payable to the Untied States of America. Some have had this check cashed, either in battle or because of it. Today we honor those men and woman.   It is sad that some people just think it is a extra day off to raise hell and get drunk.   Today I honor my father and brother in law, two uncles, and all of those I have met while in uniform, who have passed.     Hugs to all.   Kymmie
    • April Marie
      I always hated wearing hats but am finding some new love for them now, especially with longer hair to try to control.
    • Ivy
      Hats can be fun.  A nice sun hat with a wide brim.  You gotta watch out in the wind though.
    • Ivy
      Goodness, that could never happen.  Maybe you're just being a little paranoid?
    • Mirrabooka
      The tornados made our news here. Death toll 18 so far? Yikes. It seems like the USA is infamous for them, unfortunately. Stay safe, y'all.   Public holidays to revere our veterans and war dead are sacred. Our equivalent is ANZAC Day on April 25th each year. To those who served, THANK YOU.
    • Mmindy
      Good morning everyone,   Yes, @awkward-yet-sweet it was very strong weather day down South and in the Midwest. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they recover. It’s also good to hear that you and yours are doing well too.    My day started early as Parker needed to go outside to do his business and potty. Since it was dawn and flag etiquette requires all USA 🇺🇸 flags to be flown at half staff from sunrise until noon in honor of our fallen veterans, I took care of my flag. I fly it 24/7 on a lighted pole following the www.starsandstripesdaily.org guidance.    Later today we will be gathering at our son’s house for a cookout. Other family members will be bringing their dogs to be introduced and socializing with Parker.    Best wishes, stay positive, and motivated.   Mindy🌈🐛🏳️‍⚧️🦋    
    • Heather Shay
    • Heather Shay
      Working on inner resistant wounded child.
  • Upcoming Events

Contact TransPulse

TransPulse can be contacted in the following ways:

Email: Click Here.

To report an error on this page.

Legal

Your use of this site is subject to the following rules and policies, whether you have read them or not.

Terms of Use
Privacy Policy
DMCA Policy
Community Rules

Hosting

Upstream hosting for TransPulse provided by QnEZ.

Sponsorship

Special consideration for TransPulse is kindly provided by The Breast Form Store.
×
×
  • Create New...