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Transgendered and Thinking of Starting the Transition?

One of the first steps taken in gender reassignment is hormone treatments. These treatments consist of injections of large amounts of hormones that slowly change your body over the span of a few months to years. You have to be okayed by a psychiatrist before you begin treatments, and the treatments themselves are actually administered by a psychiatrist. Insurance does cover it sometimes but you'll have to check with your provider to see if they cover it for you.

Regardless of whether you're an MtF (Male to Female) or FtM (Female to Male), you should note and be aware of the side-effects of hormone therapy.

For MTFs this means eventual sterility and shrinking of the testicles as well as diminished strength, less hair growth on the body, slow formation of breasts, loss of ejaculation and erection, smoother skin, redistributed fat, and all of the other physical changes you'd associate with what happen to a girl in puberty (with marked differences involving the reproductive organs, obviously.)

For FTMs, the effects are sterility, more hair growth, lower voice, larger clitoris, increased sex drive, sterility, increased aggression, beginning of balding patterns, increased acne, and so on.

FTM testosterone treatments CAN also have the side effects of:
* Breast cancer
* Cancer of endometrium
* Diabetes
* High cholesterol
* Hypertension
* Liver disease

MTF estrogin treatments, on the other hand, can result in:
* Benign pituitary tumors
* Gallbladder disease
* Hypertension (high blood pressure)
* Hypothyroidism
* Liver disease
* Migraine headache
* Tendency for blood to clot, causing related conditions:
---o Aneurysm
---o Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
---o Pulmonary embolism (can be fatal)
* Weight gain
* Worsening of depression (if present); increased sensitivity to stress

Despite all of the risks (remember that while some of these seem like huge side-effects, some of the medication you may already take might list "heart attack leading to death" among many other major side effects on their bottles, too...it doesn't mean that you'll automatically contract any of those diseases) you're probably still dead-set on it. If you are then more power to you and I completely understand.

This varies from state-to-state and country-to-country, but for the most part you have to be 18 years or older OR have parental consent to undergo the treatments.

Unfortunately the psychiatric analysis a transperson has to undergo to be cleared for surgery is sort of odd and assumes some things about people in general. Your answers to their assessment will be compared against the guidelines set forth by the American Psychiatric Association for the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder (GID). I'm not saying I agree at all that our condition should be considered a disorder...that kind of maddens me...but if you look at the logic behind the word, coming to terms with the label of GID is easier as we're way out of society's regular supposed order for things.

There's a lot more you need to consider and look into, and I hope that you can manage to get to at least some of this material while at school. Here's a few places you may want to go read up at (some of which I referenced in writing this note):

Transgendercare.com www.transgendercare.com/medica…
LGBThealth.com lgbthealth.healthcommunities.c…
FTM Info Network www.ftminfo.net/
TS Roadmap www.tsroadmap.com/index.html
- the TS Roadmap list of forums where you can seek help from people that have undergone it or are undergoing treatment www.tsroadmap.com/info/transge…

~Alex(andra) ;)


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I wrote this in my journal a yesterday and thought some of this community might appreciate it:

I was "stuck" at the library for a half hour today and couldn't find any Kate Bornstein or Kevin Guilfoile, so I decided to analyze the DSM-5, which was not in the reference section and took a good 10 minutes to find.

Pica's interesting, so I turned to the feeding/eating disorders section, avoiding Anorexia Nervosa, and read about that. I had a few minutes, so I then turned to a random page. I noticed "sexual disorders" at the top of the left hand page, and was about to switch out of that (I'm asexual, so I don't really want to read about people's mental concerns with ejaculation) when I saw that the right hand page was headed with "Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder" (302.71) Weird, I thought, because that kind of implies that having a lack of sexual interest means you're disordered. Intrigued, I read for a bit. Increasingly appalling. Hold on a minute while I side-track to females.

I found 302.72, "Female Sexual Arousal Disorder" a few pages away. Similarly, Criterion A (the major outlining criterion for a disorder) listed a bunch of requirements like few/no sexual fantasies; few/no sexual desires; few/no sexual interest during sexual intercourse; and little/no genital response during sexual intercourse.

Sounds like asexuality to me.

I do have to give credit to the American Psychological Association, because their big thing has recently (by recently I mean the past 50 years or so) been to clarify that you only get a diagnosis if the clinician determines impaired interpersonal functioning or "clinically significant distress." And that's probably the best thing they've ever done to help reduce over-diagnosing situations. But you have to also take into account that, in most cases, psychiatry is extremely subjective. There are probably thousands of "clinicians" out there who diagnose based on a parent's request or, furthermore, their own biases.
       
And this is a major problem with 302.71 and 302.72. Any “clinician” can determine that some kid who’s bullied about his/her asexuality has a sexual disorder. Not only is that humiliating for the kid (302.71 and 302.72 are side-by-side with Genito-pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder and Pedophilia) but what will it do to his/her self-esteem? Yes, s/he has clinically significant distress; we live in a world where sexual activity is expected and abstinence is mocked. No wonder that causes issues. However, does that mean this "condition" is disordered. For anyone, being "given" a mental illness is stigmatizing. And when your sexuality isn't actually disordered, being labeled as mentally ill for it can have a devastating effect.

I've heard a lot of aces talking about feeling that there's something wrong with them, and how it takes ages to actually come to terms with the fact that they're not any less of a person just because they don't feel inclined to have sex.

I hope it's abundantly clear to everyone that asexuality is not disordered, whether it causes "impaired functioning" in the eyes of a clinician or not. Any impaired functioning is cause by social stigmas against those who choose to avoid sexual contact when it's available.

And I plan on going back to the library soon and making a copy of the diagnostic criteria to laugh about.

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Why So Proud?
"Hello, I have a question that is not an insult. I am uhm. Andro.
Anyway, I would like to know why you say ' pride ' if you are born with it? Like being proud of good looks, you don't do much for them, you just are born with them."

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My answer:
Thanks for the question! No insult was taken. Here's my answer:
Well it's very similar to an African American person being proud of their heritage. There truly is no difference between African Americans and everyone else in the nation (or world) other than their skin tone, but many are proud nonetheless.
I wouldn't consider being proud of good looks to be the best analogy in this situation, as someone that has good looks is almost always boosted up by our society. That constant positive energy from people because of their good looks naturally leads to pride. The reason it's important for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered people, and so on to be proud is because society has yet to fully accept us.


"Hello, I have a question that is not an insult. I am uhm. Andro.

Anyway, I would like to know why you say ' pride ' if you are born with it? Like being proud of good looks, you don't do much for them, you just are born with them."


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Well it's very similar to an African American person being proud of their heritage. There truly is no difference between African Americans and everyone else in the nation (or world) other than their skin tone, but many are proud nonetheless.

I wouldn't consider being proud of good looks to be the best analogy in this situation, as someone that has good looks is almost always boosted up by our society. That constant positive energy from people because of their good looks naturally leads to pride. The reason it's important for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered people, and so on to be proud is because society has yet to fully accept us.

Same sex marriage is still illegal throughout the majority of the United States, crimes committed against LGBT people out of hate are still not considered hate crimes by federal law, police still raid gay bars at the drop of a hat (just happened last week in the town next to mine), LGBT people are forbidden from joining the armed forces, and on top of many other problems there's still a general misunderstanding about and disdain for the LGBT community throughout the nation and worldwide.

The pride that we feel and proclaim so visibly and vocally is our inner voice and strength pushing our respective nations towards equal rights for everyone. Rather than gather our pride from others through compliments for our good looks or anything like that, we generate our own pride from within to help keep ourselves motivated in our fight for equality in the face of discrimination.

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lionpants99 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
If I take T, will I still be able to sing?
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:iconkittendiotima:
The essay on transitioning is really inaccurate.  When I started taking hormones i DID NOT need approval from a psychiatrist.  My doctor is administering my hormones.  Secondly, i transitioned to living full time as a female a good three years before i started hormone replacement therapy.  I presented as a female, and I expected to be treated like one, and I didn't let anyone know my medical background, it simply wasn't any of their business.  You don't need to present some sort of med card to PROVE your a transsexual, if you live as your gender 24/7, then you're a transsexual, and whatever sort of medical intervention you do, or don't do, is no one else's business.  Second, the side effects list is very INACCURATE.  MTF's DO NOT necessarily become STERILE from hormones, so they STILL have to use protection.  Also, FTM's CAN become pregnant while taking testosterone!  MTF's do NOT necessarily lose the ability to ejaculate, their ejaculate is less, but it doesn't disappear entirely.  Also, MTF's can still get hard, but they MAY not be able to get hard enuff to penetrate a vagina. In general, both those things are highly individual.    
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Writer
Is queer a hateful word? I mean, I've always been taught that it's a bad word, but in a lot of LGBT stamps and whatnot the word queer is used as a term for some sexual orientation or another.
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KATZENSAFT Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
I think some people are trying to make it socially acceptable, like "nigga".
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KittenDiotima Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
As a Euro-Am, i would never use the "n" word under any circumstance, i think it's totally offensive - it's a controversial term, even within the Af-Am community.  

The LGBT community has reclaimed the word queer, and it is often used by people who don't necessarily feel they fit in with the specific terms "gay" or "lesbian."  For instance, a genderqueer person (someone who identifies as androgynous in some way, or simply as not any specific gender), who was born assigned female at birth, but who no longer uses female pronouns, but still prefers having sex with cis females, may prefer using the term "queer" rather than "lesbian" because lesbian is a gendered term, while queer is not.  Also, many pre-op transsexuals may feel more comfortable with the term "queer" because of anatomical issues.
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KATZENSAFT Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
meh i've always considered queer and nigga to be insults in the first place
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ThatOneJewChick Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student
Um..... question...
I'm still a bit dazed about this, and seem like I don't fully understand......
Can someone explain transgender to me? Please? I want to know how it works. I wan to know how it works. Who is female? Who is male? Are they a woman with masculine traits or man with feminine traits. It's confusing to me...
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SarahTriceratops Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Transgender is when you are born a physical sex other than what your gender identity really is. For example, you may be born a with a penis and feel as though you are a female. That would make you a transgender woman (mtf, male to female). Some people get sex reassignment surgery or hormones, some do not. Someone born with a vagina who feels as though they are a male would be a transgender man. (ftm, female to male)

Some people also consider gendqueer/androgynous people transgender. Which means you feel as though you are both male/female, or neither or flow between them. 
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ThatOneJewChick Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student
So..... Male body with a female mind and vice verca?
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Psykan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
I have a couple of transgender friends, and one thing they've all told me about being transgender is that they "feel like they're trapped in the wrong body."

"So..... Male body with a female mind and vice verca?"

It's more like one is "biologically male," but identifies as "female."  It doesn't necessarily mean a "man who thinks like a woman," though I can understand how the line can be blurred.

Mind you, I identify as a "cis-gendered straight male," but I value open-mindedness, so I've learned a lot about the LGBTQ+ community from my LGBTQ+ friends.  What I've said about being trans* is more than likely not 100% correct...but part of that is because not all trans* people are "the same."  Yet despite this, some of my LGBTQ+ friends have come to me for "LGBTQ+ counseling" simply because they know I'm all for listening and offering guidance.  Having someone to talk to about these kinds of things makes every bit of difference...and it's even more meaningful for people who are struggling to understand their own identities.

And for me, it's a win-win scenario: I help my friends out (because I care about people and their individuality), and I learn new things at the same time.  c:

Excuse my "text-wall," comment, haha.  Though I've offered my input, it wouldn't hurt to ask people who actually do identify as trans*.
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