Feminizing Hormone Therapy (MtF)
Do you want to feminize your appearance, build up your natural feminine traits, and accentuate your unique womanly features? Are you struggling with a hidden manly identity that has you feeling more like a man than a woman?
If so, then you’re probably undertaking the first steps towards undergoing feminizing hormone therapy (MtF). This kind of medical transition is designed to help those who are assigned male at birth but identify as women gradually adopt a female identity. Whether you know it or not, transitioning is not easy. It involves reversing some of the effects of testosterone while introducing others in smaller doses. The process is long and arduous. That’s why in this article we will be taking an in-depth look at the best products and regimens for feminizing hormone therapy (MtF).
Introducing Estrogen for MtF
Estrogen is the most important component of feminizing hormone therapy (MtF). It is responsible for the majority of changes that occur when undergoing HRT. Its primary function is to help you develop female secondary sex characteristics.
When taken as part of HRT, it can cause a number of changes to occur in your body.
On the outside, it can cause the following physical changes:
Progestin for MtF
Progestin is another key component of feminizing hormone therapy (MtF). It is usually taken alongside estrogen to reduce the risk of estrogen-related side effects. Progestin can have a number of different effects, depending on the type that you take and how much you take.
Some common effects of progestin while undertaking HRT include:
- Breast development: Progestin can cause your breasts to grow, just like estrogen. It should, however, produce less significant changes than estrogen.
- Period: Progestin can cause your period to become lighter, less painful, and less frequent. In some people, it can also cause menstruation to stop altogether.
- Mood: Progestin can change the way your body responds to traumatic events, making you more resilient. It can also help to regulate your mood, making you less likely to experience aggressive feelings.
- Menstrual cycle: Progestin can cause the lining of your uterus to thicken, which can prepare your body for pregnancy. In some people, it can also cause a new menstrual cycle to begin.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for MtF
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the most common way of undergoing feminizing hormone therapy (MtF). It involves administering estrogen and progestin via a skin patch, injection, gel, or pill. HRT is the most effective method of relieving gender dysphoria in transgender women. It can also help to reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancers. HRT is not without its risks, however, and it is important to understand the side effects before you begin.
The most common adverse effects of HRT include:
Trans Women and Hair Loss
Hormone therapy can cause the hair on your head to thin or even fall out. It can also cause your eyelashes and eyebrows to fall out or become thinner. The degree to which you lose hair or have it change as a result of hormone therapy varies from person to person. In some cases, hormone therapy can cause hair loss that can be permanent.
Hair loss caused by hormone therapy is most commonly seen in the following areas:
- Eyelashes and eyebrows: Hormone therapy can cause your eyelashes and eyebrows to become thinner or fall out entirely. This is because estrogen promotes the production of a protein called alpha-keratin. This protein is essential for hair growth, but it can also cause hair follicles to shrink;
- Scalp: Some people experience a short period of moderate to severe scalp hair loss when they start taking hormones. This can last for a few months or even up to a year. Other people may experience less noticeable hair loss or even an increase in hair growth.
Feminizing hormone therapy is a long and arduous process. It is not easy, and it requires patience and perseverance. When undertaking HRT, it is important to remember that you will not see dramatic changes in a short period of time. It takes months or even years for changes to occur. With that said, however, it is also important not to become complacent and lose hope. Remember that the changes will come, and if you remain patient, you will eventually look and feel like the woman you have always known yourself to be.