Masculinizing Hormone Considerations

Hormones will impact you in many ways, this section will explore considerations for contraception, surgery, and for non-binary individuals.

Contraception

Testosterone: may cause your period to stop, however that is NOT sufficient to prevent pregnancy. Discuss other birth control options with your Primary Care Provider.

It is also important to remember to continue routine testing and following appropriate STI prevention methods. Some options include: IUD, Progestin only tablet, Depo-Provera injection, condoms

Surgery

If you are having surgery while on testosterone, there are no specific considerations. It is not required to stop hormones before or after surgery and you will likely continue on the same dose post surgery. 

For Non-Binary Individuals

As a non-binary person beginning hormones, your Primary Care Provider should have a conversation about what transitioning means to you and how they can facilitate that.

It is important to note that some irreversible changes will happen with hormone therapy and your provider will want to ensure you are aware and accepting of all possible changes/effects. 

If one of your goals with hormone therapy is to stop menstruation, it is important to know that the dose of testosterone likely required to stop menstruation may cause a change in voice. If this is not desired, your Primary Care Provider may suggest other options such as an IUD or Progestin Contraceptive Pill.


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