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Astrid

Today was my initial visit to Fenway Health here in Boston regarding HRT.  As a non-binary (and older: age 71) person with dysphoria, I was interested in low-dose estrogen as a way to address that, and I was pleased that my doctor there agreed that it would indeed be appropriate to begin this, following my next visit in three weeks.  She recommended not taking a T-blocker, at least initially, as it of course carries more side effects. I'm not looking for pronounced body changes (such as significant breast growth or weight redistribution to my hips).

 

I'm interested to know if others have gone this route of low-dose estrogen, and if so, how you found it?   I know that "mileage may vary" from patient to patient, of course 😊

 

Thanks!

 

Astrid

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Carolyn Marie

Congrats, Astrid!  Dealing effectively with your dysphoria is always a big plus, and your goals seem well thought-out.  It sounds like you have a good doctor.

 

I started out on low dose E using a patch, with Finesteride, but my goals were different and the combination wasn't doing much for me, so my dosages were increased after 4 months or so.  So our experiences are not that close, but I'm sure some folks will come by with good accounts that align more with what you want.

 

HUGS

 

Carolyn Marie

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Jani

Hello Astrid.  I'm glad to see you found Fenway to be a good resource.  I also go there.  It seems you have a good plan laid out.  The only negative I had with Spiro was having to urinate frequently but the body adjusts and soon things are bak to somewhat normal.  I also started with low dose patches as I wanted to see how it was effected by my other meds.  I found no issue at all.  From those I've spoken with who stayed on lose dose long term, its done what they wanted and calmed the noise in their heads.  I think this may be good for you. 

Jani

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lauraincolumbia

Congrats Astrid!

 

Fenway?  I used to know a girl that worked at Fenway.  Unfortunately, she passed away, but I never heard from what.

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Astrid
5 hours ago, Jani said:

 From those I've spoken with who stayed on low dose long term, its done what they wanted and calmed the noise in their heads.  I think this may be good for you. 

 

Thanks, Jani!  That's exactly the kind of feedback that I was hoping to hear, and the result I hope to achieve ==> HRT (Head Relief Therapy) 😎

 

With gratitude,

 

Astrid

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Astrid

It's official! Signed the requisite forms and got my prescription from Fenway Health yesterday, and started my first low-dose patch of Estradiol today.  Will not expect huge changes, and they'll be gradual, but then, that's the plan, by design -- to see how this can address my dysphoria and hopefully provide the sense of well-being and, as Jani said earlier, "calm the noise in my head" (nice analogy -- I like it! 😊).   Next tweak/check-in scheduled for three months out, unless I need to report significant side effects before that.

 

Fingers crossed with a smile at this new milestone,

 

Astrid

 

 

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Jani

Great news Astrid!   Remember to clean the area where you place them with Witch Hazel or Rubbing Alcohol.  It helps with adhesion, removing any body oils. 

 

Jani 

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Carolyn Marie

Welcome aboard the Womanhood Express, Astrid.  I hope your journey is a smooth one.

 

HUGS

 

Carolyn Marie

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Maid In Bedlam

I have never been precribed any T blocker. I dont think i needed it as my t count was very low to begin with.  Always has been.

 

But if its the same there as it is here. My Therapist started me on the lowest dose possible and built it up from there.

 

I belive its the correct way to do things. Just to ensure you have no adverse reactions and your body slowiy gets use to the new hormone flow.

 

Once you and if you have the Surgery. They will reduce again eventually. Howver that doesnt stop the develpoment its just bevcause you have less t producing equipment. Its a very indivdual thing on the dose post op and i think everyone will be diffrent. We are all uniquie

 

You will also find patches are quite normal if your over 40. Because they are less adverse at giving your liver a hard time.

 

Good luck on your journey

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Astrid
8 hours ago, Jani said:

Remember to clean the area where you place them with Witch Hazel or Rubbing Alcohol.  It helps with adhesion, removing any body oils

I asked my doctor at Fenway regarding that specific point, and she didn't recommend doing that. But I'll certainly see how it goes and will try it if I have adhesion issues. 

 

Thanks!

 

Astrid

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Astrid
7 hours ago, Carolyn Marie said:

I hope your journey is a smooth one.

 

And if it isn't, it will still be interesting! This journey hasn't been boring,  and I am thankful for how much better I feel now that I am no longer keeping things bottled up. More and more, I can be a healthy, real Me!

 

Astrid 

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ShawnaLeigh
1 hour ago, Astrid said:

I am thankful for how much better I feel now that I am no longer keeping things bottled up. More and more, I can be a healthy, real Me!

I feel this way too now that I am on doctor supervised meds.  Calming to me knowing I am working towards "me" day by day.

Good Luck to you!

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