It’s a pleasure to meet you, Ivy. You might not think you’ve started your transition but you’ve already worked past a difficult part of your journey. You recognize that the roller coaster is just going to continue moving along the endless track unless you stop what you’ve been doing and get off. You’ve taken a few steps in the right direction. Counseling with a therapist specializing in gender issues was a smart move and joining us here is another great step in the right direction. You'll meet others to help you gain perspective which in turn will help you sidestep the land mines along the way. Often you’ll discover something here that you’ll want to discuss with your therapist. You sound like your in good hands. Take it slow and enjoy yourself. I’m glad your here!
I'm going to need eye surgery this year for early onset of cataracts due to my medication. I've been terrified of this but have been told by many (including my parents) that its quick, simple and painless. So my fear has been ramped down considerably. My spouse had Lasik surgery years ago (very similar) and she experienced no pain or side effects. So when the time comes don't be fearful.
Went in for my eye exam which I do have done each year.Eye doctor did see something with my left eye, astigmatism and told me time for glasses or surgery.Decided on the glasses which are on order.There was no way they were going to stick something in my eye to fix it.I did see a few of the letters were blurry
I began HRT on Dec 4th, 2019, less than 3 months ago. Everyone's timetable will vary. Mine certainly did: breast soreness began at 3 weeks, breast buds formed at 4 weeks, and tissue growth began in earnest. I understand why my doctor said that growth usually doesn't begin until 3 to 6 months in (because that's the average response she sees in her patients). As I've remarked elsewhere in other posts, I've actually reduced my patch size/daily dose to slow growth down, as I'm non-binary and don't have significant breast growth as a goal. I'm a living experiment in whether, for me, I can continue with microdosing. The coming 6 months or so will tell, I think.
Body hair (for example, on legs) is now smoother. Chest hair isn't, because I'm at the stage where electrolysis has removed almost all of it 😊.
Since an initial flurry of questions (via the health portal for my HRT facility), I've personally found a less stressful approach for me is to chill a bit and not be super-anxious about every small little thing I might notice. It will happen when it happens, if it happens. I'm just happy that estradiol really IS addressing my dysphoria -- I now have positive developments that I can dwell on, even small ones, and that's a good thing! And, yes, I cherish being more emotional, too!
I have never heard of that. Interesting for sure. Perhaps wiki should add another possible cause?
I remember when my voice was going through change. I hated that time. I've only spoken to one voice "expert" and she notes that my voice fits well into the female spectrum for someone who spent years smoking. That's me, unfortunately.
The VA adheres to the most current WPATH standards. If you go to a VA healthcare facility you can either contact the LGBT facilitator directly, or go to Primary Care Mental Health and ask to be referred to a Gender Therapist.
They are caring, professional and discreet. There are some limits to what can be covered, cosmetic procedures are not covered, but counseling, HRT and all associated care including medications, endocrinology, etc. are all covered.
I am a VA client and was actually referred to this website by my VA gender therapist.
Hi Dearheart, I'm northeast of you in Searcy County.
Arkansas can be such a mixed bag, mostly people tend to live and let live. Like you I am non-binary (well really gender nonconforming tending towards feminine). While I would love to present as totally female, for me it is a bridge too far.
However, as Jani suggested, I wouldn't be too concerned about your size or bone structure. I've met some farm girls who could easily crush me and I'm not little.
As to voice, that too is a spectrum. Mae West had a very husky voice. No one ever presumed she was male.
I am proud of you, glad you found us, and hope things continue to go smoothly with your classroom.
I discovered something tonight... what I had when I was a teenager actually has a name! After the word transgender I discovered at like 31, at 38 I discover this. I was laughing when reading the potential causes :
Resistance to pubertal changes
lol... in other word... gender dysphoria 🤣
I'm happy to know this because I always struggled describing it and explaining when I had to.