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Are there others source of T other then the testicles?

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After my appointment yesterday with my HRT doctor I was pondering this.  With my impending Orchi in April it is our plan to stop the T blockers entirely and monitor the E to see if that can be lowered.  I asked about getting prescribed Fin. after the fact to help with hair loss but she said it would not be necessary with the absence of the testicles.  

So it got me thinking about what other sources of T there are in the body.  I know that cis women have natural sources of T, though very little, and they do not have the regular production source as men do.  

I wondered if HRT would awaken whatever is in cis women after a while.  

Yes I could google this and most likely will but thought I like to hear what others know or think.


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Both males and females have both estrogen and testosterone in their bodies. Albeit women have generally less testosterone, and men have less estrogen. If a cis woman has a hysterectomy (removes the ovaries), she has to take estrogen supplements, since her body can no longer make the hormone. Some trans men also opt to keep their ovaries and remove the uterus, therefore still having a source of natural hormone production in the off-chance they cannot access T. 


I can only assume that synthetic estrogen or testosterone aren't exclusively T or E, but a mixture of both T and E; the same as cis people. This is what I understand, and if you're wondering about the effects or sources where the sex hormones come from, I would ask a doctor. 

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synthetic estrogen and T are pure forms of their respective hormones.

A small percentage of testosterone is made in the adrenal glands on top of our kidneys. About 5% I think.

According to my blood tests I'm not sure my liver was producing that much but hey, that's what I'm reading.

I know that my doctor is trying to put my numbers near those of cis people but I have like... 99% E and 1 % T which is probably more E then a cis woman. That must be why I have 0 libido, lol

That's the reason why you need a doctor for this (I know it's obvious) because it can be hard to match numbers of cis people, much harder then you might expect...

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Before HRT the adrenal gland and the testicles are producing.

Hrt blocks T from those sources and replace it by E

GRS removes testicles and you take meds to have E

Some doctors like mine will make me stop E once I'm old enough and all feminizing effects are done.

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if, like me, you have 0 T or almost then you can take P that can potentially help you gain some libido depending on your genetics. (or at least that's what I understood from my doctor)

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On 2/25/2020 at 4:33 PM, MaryMary said:

if, like me, you have 0 T or almost then you can take P that can potentially help you gain some libido depending on your genetics. (or at least that's what I understood from my doctor)

Taking P for libido is something I have not heard of yet. Thank you.  
I need some help in that department.  Lol

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Talk about it to an endocrinologist, in the I’m just repeating what mine said

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Jackie C.

Your adrenal glands produce T. How much can depend on a lot of factors, but that's where T comes from in cis females.


Certain drugs (besides blockers) can mess with systemic T production. I'll be curious how my adrenal glands are responding after all this. I was on a tremendous dose of of Prednisone (steroid) for a very long time, but my T production came back anyway when I stopped taking the stuff. We'll find out of I need further tweaking in August. August being the next time I see my endocrinologist.



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