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I have messaged my GYN about my self medicating possibly causing my blood clots. I am still looking to get on E. This is what I received back from her:


Please let Ms. Hunter know that I am grateful that she chose to share that
information with me.
In addition, please let her know that her decision to try xxxxx xxxx was
not an act of stupidity. It was an act of self care.
That being said, did the blood clots occur while on the xxxxx xxxxxx?
As she knows, the xxxx xxxx has estrogenic properties. If the blood
clot was related, then, it actually makes treatment with estrogen more of a
concern for possible recurrence.
It is so difficult, but estrogen is really not a safe option.
We're working with the national Transgender E-Consult team, but I'm happy
to send her to endocrine for additional counseling/discussion regarding estrogen
if she wishes.

So with this information.  Should I check into seeing an Endocrinologist for the additional information? Reminder this is all thought VA


thoughts comments?






PS: I love the use of the female pronouns and the Ms.  It feels so good.

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Carolyn Marie

Yes, Kymmie, I think you should see an endocrinologist, and the sooner the better.   If you are still self medicating, please don't stop what you are taking until you check with an endo, because suddenly stopping hormones can be just as damaging as starting to self-medicate in the first place.  I wish you luck and good health.


Carolyn Marie

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I stopped long ago, even before coming out. I know better know. I guess hind sight is 20/20.



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I'm sorry you had that experience Kymmie.  I'm glad you shared it here as it helps others to understand the dangers of self medication.

Don't despair.  I have found that with careful medical care i found an HRT course that is good for me with minimum risk.  A clot for me with my heart issues would be fatal so good care is critical but in time i found it possible.





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Jackie C.

Absolutely you should see an endocrinologist. They're great and more importantly, can get you on E safely through the use of patches, pills or injections. Meanwhile, don't beat yourself up too much. Most, if not all of us have been desperate enough to try ANYTHING if it meant letting our inner woman into the sunlight.



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