Masculinizing Hormones

There is no one way to transition, if you choose to take hormones, this document outlines different options including medication, short/long term monitoring, costs, side effects and contraindications. Not everyone requires a referral to a specialist to begin a medical transition and your Primary Care Provider would be a great place to start.

The main goal of hormone treatments is to facilitate physical changes  to better match your gender identity. This process is different for each individual and your Primary Care Provider will work with you to help you meet those goals.

Consent

Your Primary Care Provider will want to ensure you have a thorough understanding of the medication, anticipated changes, irreversible changes, risks & benefits and fertility preservation options. You will be required to provide informed consent and review consent documents with your provider. 

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Hormone Effects

Hormones affect every individual differently and the rate/degree in which your body changes will vary. It is important to note that some changes caused by hormone therapy are irreversible, while others may be reversible over time. Although hormones can lead to many desired changes and outcomes, there are some gender-affirming features that are not obtainable through hormone therapy.

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Starting Doses and Costs

There are 4 different testosterone ("T") options available currently. They vary in cost, dose, and route of application. Your Primary Care Provider will discuss these different options with you to determine which option is the best fit. As with all medications, it is important to follow the prescribed dosing and administration schedule.

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Hormone Therapy Monitoring

Bloodwork will be required more frequently during the first year of therapy than it will be afterwards. It is very important to complete routine blood work to ensure the selected therapies are safe as well as effective for you.

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Masculinizing Hormone Considerations

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

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