||[Mar. 21st, 2015|10:09 pm]
It's been a few months since I first posted here, so I thought I'd add an update. I hope everyone is well. |
Physiologically, I stopped applying T-gel in the first week of August 2014, so that's about seven and a half months. I had been on T for just under two years. My face has re-feminised, and beard growth has slowed way down to only really needing to shave about twice a week max (it needed to be every day before) and I expect this will continue to decrease.
My cycle started again six weeks after stopping T, and I haven't noticed anything weird or uncomfortable. From reading re-transition blogs elsewhere on the tinterwebs, I was warned to expect the first couple of periods to be horrible, but that hasn't been my experience; I had, and regularly used, prescription painkillers for years before starting T and it has been a very welcome surprise to discover that periods have become completely pain-free and relatively easy. I am now 41 and expect that menopause will start doing its thing in a few years from now.
The gender clinic has been very good and is continuing to keep me in its care, and at my last appointment I was told this will continue for probably another couple of years to ensure all is well and stable.
In myself, I feel good. I needed to make this transition to male for my own personal journey, and I have no regrets. The gender clinic keep calling it de-transition, and it feels wrong because "de-transition" feels like going backwards, and it feels like anything but. It might be a medical-model way of describing it, to call it de-transition, so I wish they would be more holistic about it and I'm going to say so.
I'll leave it there for now. I know I haven't said much about my sense of self/social this time, but I'll pick up on this another time. Take care, hoping all goes well with you.