Pre-T vs 5 Years
Pre-T: December 5, 2007
5 Years on T: November 18, 2013
Pre-T: December 5, 2007
5 Years on T: November 18, 2013
Copy pasting from here:
"Calling this a "myth" is somewhat of a misnomer, because there is no solid proof one way or another as to the increased risk of cancer in FTM transsexuals taking testosterone for the purpose of transition. The truth is that FTM transsexuals, as a population, have not been studied in a large enough sample size and over enough time to determine the long-term risks of cancer associated with testosterone use for transition and lifetime maintenance of male secondary sex characteristics.
That being said, the two most commonly cited cancer concerns associated with trans men taking T are liver cancer, and cancer of the female reproductive organs (uterus/endometrium, cervix, and/or ovaries)
Regarding cancers of the female reproductive organs, some physicians recommend hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) and oophorectomy (surgical removal of the ovaries) within the first 5 years of starting testosterone therapy. There is some concern that long-term testosterone treatment may cause the ovaries to develop similar symptoms as those seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS has been linked to increased risk of endometrial hyperplasia (a condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows too much) and thus endometrial cancer, as well as ovarian cancer.
It should be noted that it is difficult to know whether the risk for such cancers is increased by testosterone therapy in trans men. Female-to-male transsexuals are a small population to begin with, and many undergo hysterectomy/oophorectomy early on in their hormonal treatment, thus making the study of long-term effects of testosterone on the uterus and ovaries difficult. Also, some trans men may have suffered from PCOS before beginning testosterone treatment, making it difficult to know if PCOS-like symptoms may have originated before of after T therapy.”
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Take what you will from this. Hormones are serious and you should know the health risks - you will age like a man and will have issues typical of men - but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. You will always have risks present regardless of what you do. Even mundane daily activities present risks; it’s just a part of life. It shouldn’t be something that holds you back. Look into your family’s history of cancer and other common health problems, keep up communication with your doctors, etc. Cancer and other potential issues are scary, but seeing a doctor often will monitor your health and can catch anything early if it starts.
I had a couple health issues that prolonged the start of HRT but I saw it this way: Can I live a full life as female or would I rather live as male despite the risks? It wasn’t much of a decision really.
First and foremost, there are unfortunately some scenarios where it isn’t safe to come out. If you are not in the position to survive if there is a negative outcome, then there is no shame in staying quiet about it. You have to keep your safety above everything else as long as you can.
You could do what you did once before, but also bringing up how you read that it’s biological and not a choice. It’s a medical condition; you get diagnosed by a therapist then treated with hormones and surgery under the supervision of doctors. I don’t know your parents so I don’t know how ‘intimate’ with these details you could go before it raises red flags or upsets them.
I cannot believe I didn’t put types of support and whatnot on this blog. I’ll start once I finish this. There are many Tumblr blogs, forums, chat rooms, etc. that you can contact/get involved with to receive emotional support. No matter where you are transition-wise, there is no reason to deal with this alone. Many people have been where you are now and will be able to relate to you. I personally came from a Catholic household and upbringing and was terrified to come out and be disowned. Something that helped me through everything was realizing how much time changed things - opinions and feelings alike. Rejection hurts terribly, but I formed deeper relationships with people after coming out that overshadowed the lack of support I had in other parts of my life.
Remember no matter what happens, there will always be so many people who are willing to talk or just listen to you when you need it.
Thank you for this! It is always nice to hear I’m doing something right.
The one time I don’t check links and I’ve made a mistake, isn’t that how it always is? Thanks for pointing it out!
As the sidebar says, this is a side blog so I cannot answer questions privately. I also like to keep my opinions watered down - if not off the blog entirely - to keep this a comfortable space for everyone who follows. If it’s not chatty and related to the blog, sure!
It had happened before, but I do believe it was yours that was being referred to. I was unsure if you wanted attention drawn to yourself so I wasn’t going to make an example out of you. You got quite a few compliments if that makes up for the small mess up, haha.
But there you go, folks. Double incision isn’t the only chest surgery available — and that’s assuming the man in question had gone through female puberty in the first place. DI scars can also fade an incredible amount and be hidden by the pectorals, hair, tattoos, etc.
One of the points of this blog was to share that trans men can’t be picked out of a crowd, so it’s always nice to have that reinforced.