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Re: My low dose HRT experience (was 9 month low dose HRT)
« Reply #200 on: March 17, 2019, 04:22:28 pm »
Hi Luna,

Glad you're still doing well. I'm 3+ years low E.  I'm told I look very young for my age of 56.  Breasts are almost an A but I can still hide them.  I do crave a full transition dose now but the low dose has definitely helped delay things.

Thanks for starting this thread.
Paige :) 

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Re: My low dose HRT experience (was 9 month low dose HRT)
« Reply #201 on: March 18, 2019, 01:28:07 am »
Thank you Paige and Luna, for toi experiences.
I am now nearly 4 years on E + T blocker, on transition dose since a year or so, still no social transition, but I wonder if I will not decide to do it in a few months.

Do you think you might socially transition at some point?

Hugs.

Pascale

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Re: My low dose HRT experience (was 9 month low dose HRT)
« Reply #202 on: March 18, 2019, 07:59:32 am »
Thank you Paige and Luna, for toi experiences.
I am now nearly 4 years on E + T blocker, on transition dose since a year or so, still no social transition, but I wonder if I will not decide to do it in a few months.

Do you think you might socially transition at some point?

Hugs.

Pascale

Hi Pascale,

I debate full transitioning daily.  It would be so nice to finally be myself and not hide anymore.  I have a wife of 30+ years and two daughters in their early twenties.  My whole calculation is based on whether my transitioning will be too disruptive for their lives. 

My wife is not supportive, she barely tolerates me being transgender and taking low dose E.  She hates my body changes.   I get it, she's not a lesbian and embarrassed by me.  It appears that something will soon have to give because this is driving us both crazy.

I look at low dose as a delaying tactic.  I don't think of it as a cure for dysphoria but a coping mechanism. As long as I still see some small changes forward, I'm okay.  I've tried to stop or reduce my dose a few times and I became extremely depressed.  I can't think about life without transitioning at some point.  It's a hope that keeps me going.

Pascale good luck with your transition decision.   I have a feeling I'll be following you at some point.
Take care,
Paige :)

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Re: My low dose HRT experience (was 9 month low dose HRT)
« Reply #203 on: March 18, 2019, 03:24:36 pm »
Many thanks Paige.
I am in the same situation with a 30 year happy marriage to a wife who is not a lesbian...

Hugs.

Pascale

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Re: My low dose HRT experience (was 9 month low dose HRT)
« Reply #204 on: March 21, 2019, 06:09:30 pm »
My experience low dose HRT for 3 years:

I have been prescribed 1 mg of Estradiol (pill) that I have been taking for three years now.  I’m also prescribed Spironolactone <dosage removed> which I have never taken because I don’t want to deal with erectile dysfunction.  I think my Dr knows that I’m not taking the Spiro but it’s not discussed.  All of my levels look healthy (from blood and urine tests): testosterone is low for a dude but high for a woman, estrogen is low for a woman but high for a man, kidney and liver labs all come back healthy.  My “bad cholesterol” increased, recently, but I think that’s because I went Keto.

Overall I really love my little Estradiol pills.

I went full time 1 year ago and it’s been going great.  Life fits much better and I don’t have to pretend to be a dude anymore.

I grew almost no boob on HRT but my Dr said there’s been some growth.  I got implants about 8 months ago.

My skin hasn’t changed that I’m aware of.  I’ve gotten a lot of Sculptra and I’m fanatic about (toxin free) skin care so my skin looks pretty good for a 47 year old.

There has been no erectile dysfunction in fact I would say that there’s been an  increase in erectile functioning but that doesn’t make any sense to me scientifically. 

Erogenous zones have widened and are no longer restricted to the original locations.  Sex has gotten better overall since starting Estradiol.

No change in the hair on my head that I’m aware of.

Body hair hasn’t changed except with laser hair removal. 

Facial hair was already gone before starting HRT.

Mood changes were severe when I started HRT for two weeks and then calmed down.  When I’ve gone off HRT before surgeries my mood gets wacky but I expect it so it’s tolerable.

My ex boyfriend said that my body shape is more feminine now than it was 2 years ago in regards to fat redistribution.  Keeping the fat off is a LOT more difficult now.

If I decide to have bottom surgery I will go higher with the doses as well as take testosterone blockers (spiro).
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Re: My low dose HRT experience (was 9 month low dose HRT)
« Reply #205 on: March 24, 2019, 09:06:16 pm »
Thank you Paige and Luna, for toi experiences.
I am now nearly 4 years on E + T blocker, on transition dose since a year or so, still no social transition, but I wonder if I will not decide to do it in a few months.

Do you think you might socially transition at some point?

Hugs.

Pascale

I won’t  say I’ll never socially transition because that’s pretty absolute, but I would say it’s unlikely as I’m reasonably content and the social/financial costs of transitioning aren’t worth it for me at this point in time.
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My 4+ years non-transitioning HRT experience
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