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I’ve been quietly lurking on & off for about a month soaking up information in preparation for my journey.
So, finally after months of waiting, I had an initial appointment with my HRT Doctor today. She was wonderful. There wasn’t a moment of silence between us during our 75 minute visit and we could have continued the conversation all day. I was tested for T & E levels and will return tomorrow for my first weekly injection of bio-identical Estradiol.
After a month we’ll determine if I’m able to continue by self-injections or start on patches (I’m a bit queasy about self-injections – but perhaps with their instructions, I’ll adapt). I also started Finasteride to prevent further hair loss – hair regrowth would be a welcome surprise. We’re hoping test results will reveal low enough T levels to avoid additional T blockers (spiro) and provide enough E to cancel the effects of T.
Everyone is different, but I probably won’t notice physical changes for 3 months. I suppose the first thing I’ll notice are emotional changes and a welcome change toward an estrogen scented body odor. By the end of 2021 physical changes will become obvious, but, upon daily inspection – I’ll possibly be the last to notice – aside from tender nipple ouchies.
A referral is being sent to my insurance company to proceed with electrolysis, and I was provided a short-list of gender therapists. It’s questionable if electrolysis can be covered, but my doctor seems confident. For now, I’m waiting for hair transplant decisions until I can observe the effects of medication. My nose has broadened over the years, so I’d also like to proceed with rhinoplasty in the near future.
My insurance has approved feminizing vocal therapy, and I start next week.
Anyway, I hope to add occasional progress reports along this journey, and of course your advise and encouragement would be welcome.
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