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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) ;)


Please send a note to kproductions for more information in confidence, or post about it in the forum if you want multiple opinions (just please note that if you do this, your questions will be public.)

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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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DigitalCubist Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need urgent help as I am seriously confused about my gender, I'm straight and was born female. I like wearing men clothes, and suits, and having short hair, and sometimes love walking around and people seeing me as a man. But then other times, I don't like being called a man, and such. I've come to the terms of being Tom-Boy, as I know I've been that all my life. But, I'm confused as to how my sexuality identifies, Gender confuses me. Am I non-binary? Am I bigender? Am I genderfluid? Am I gender variant? Am I a Demi-Guy? Help! I feel like they could all be the same thing in some way, but I know they're not. I'm so confused, and need help on how to identify myself, I sometimes don't feel female, i don't feel male. I just feel like... ME. I know there is no real need on having to identify yourself to others, but I want to know for my own sake, so I know what I am and can learn more about myself.
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TheLanka Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
You can spend many, many months and even years trying to figure out what you are, and what to call yourself, for some of us it's an easy task, for others, not so much.

Embrace this aspect of yourself, and don't worry about what it may be called. There's probably a name for it somewhere, (you may be in the early stages of genderfluid or some other type) but if you must, give yourself time to really understand the systematic pattern of what it is you tend to.

Our society forces us to find names for everything, but be that one in a billion who doesn't worry about labels so much, you will drive yourself mad trying to figure it out.
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DigitalCubist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! Thanks for the reply, and yes you're right. I've been driving myself mad trying to find out an answer to this, but I've realised, as I stated before, it doesn't really matter for me to label myself. I am just, myself. I'll figure it out one day, because I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to figure myself out one day, but I guess I just have to "fall" into it. Thanks for the advice, and words, really means a lot that you took the time to answer! Thanks!
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TheLanka Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
When I was realizing that I was really homosexual I first identified as bisexual, then later on I settled into liking males and only males. So you're definitely subject to changes, what you feel sure of today may be different in a month or two, eventually you will find the right place. Just give yourself some time and no problem! :D
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Marc-Shuman Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  New Deviant Student Writer
I Have a question.I am Gay yet i dont want to be gay and i am against gay marriage but i am against bullying but i just dont know could someone help me please?
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Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got to ask(as I'd like yall's opinion on this), as I've just been rudely 'informed' by someone(I don't really care tbh, as she doesn't control me, I don't know why she pissed me off so much...) that I'm not allowed to have an opinion on anything because I'm not gay. She said something along the lines of I can't be in the lgbt community because I'm straight, when I've joined groups, have friends and numerous characters(that are gay), and been told by several other lgbt groups that I can be in it and be straight, and that all you got to do to be in it is support everyone for who they are.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks thats so damn rude to belittle someone due to their sexuality ._. If I told her she can't have an opinion cause she's gay, she'd say I'm spewing hate speech. But its fine to tell a straight gays rights supporter you don't matter. Beh

Anyways, besides that, nice group you got here guys!:3
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sadmac356 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
You're not the only one. It's pointless and extremely rude to belittle someone because of who they're attracted, or not attracted, to. You sound like a really good ally.
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QuentinZero Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree that you shouldn't judge people on their sexuality :D
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TheLanka Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Your ''someone'' seems quite defensive, and it is of no surprise. Don't take it personally, she is used to having her guard up because it is so hard to belong to a group of people who love you and respect you for who you are, especially with something as personal as your sexual orientation.

She's ready to deal with a hateful person who insults LGBT people, that's why she was so rude.

As long as you are a supporter of human rights and will respect everyone no matter what sexual orientation they identify as, we would love to have you.
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