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[Mar. 21st, 2015|10:09 pm]
Stopping Testosterone


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.

[User Picture]From: gymx
2015-03-26 04:18 pm (UTC)
It's great to hear you're not having any problems. Are you changing anything socially or legally?
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