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transfeminine people and breast problems
« on: July 29, 2017, 01:48:55 am »
How common are breast diseases (lumps, warts,  cysts,  fibrocysts , infections, galactorreha,   fibroadenomas , mondor's disease, cancer, sclerosing, etc) in transfeminine people if they take stuff like estrogen or Androgen antagonists  or progesterone ?



Do you have mammogram scans done how often ? Have you ever had one or any problem with your breasts? do you take hrt with doctor supervision ? What do you take ? How old are you?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Breast_diseases

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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2017, 04:58:22 am »
How common are breast diseases (lumps, warts,  cysts,  fibrocysts , infections, galactorreha,   fibroadenomas , mondor's disease, cancer, sclerosing, etc) in transfeminine people if they take stuff like estrogen or Androgen antagonists  or progesterone ?



Do you have mammogram scans done how often ? Have you ever had one or any problem with your breasts? do you take hrt with doctor supervision ? What do you take ? How old are you?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Breast_diseases

Given the little amount of hard fact data on transwomen, we can say that bio-identical HRT is very safe and should not cause any additional problems that any other woman would experience. Expect the same as any other women who have never had a pregnancy. Pregnancy does change breasts and women who are mothers will have different problems.

I am 67 years old and I started my transition just under 3 years ago. I am seeing a Primary Care Physician for all my general health concerns. She knows that I have a trans history and she is knowledgeable with my situation, having done her residency in San Francisco. Currently, I am taking Estradiol with a dose appropriate for post-op women. I am also taking, at my request, Finasteride to prevent any additional hair loss, since I was thinning badly on top and in front of my head. She says that since I am post-op, I should not need Finasteride, but there is no evidence of it being harmful.

As for mammograms, we are going to schedule regular exams on an annual basis at my next visit. No rush here. Even though I am 67, my breasts are like a teenage girl. The only problem I have with my breasts is that the left breast is slightly smaller than the right. I currently wear a 40 D bra.

BTW, breasts are so overrated. They really don't do much. Yes, breasts feed babies and attract men. Other than that, they mostly just get in the way.

On the other hand, for those of us with gender dysphoria, a good set of breasts are extremely gender confirming. I love my breasts very much. (o)(o)



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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 05:08:15 am »
Given the little amount of hard fact data on transwomen, we can say that bio-identical HRT is very safe and should not cause any additional problems that any other woman would experience. Expect the same as any other women who have never had a pregnancy. Pregnancy does change breasts and women who are mothers will have different problems.

I am 67 years old and I started my transition just under 3 years ago. I am seeing a Primary Care Physician for all my general health concerns. She knows that I have a trans history and she is knowledgeable with my situation, having done her residency in San Francisco. Currently, I am taking Estradiol with a dose appropriate for post-op women. I am also taking, at my request, Finasteride to prevent any additional hair loss, since I was thinning badly on top and in front of my head. She says that since I am post-op, I should not need Finasteride, but there is no evidence of it being harmful.

As for mammograms, we are going to schedule regular exams on an annual basis at my next visit. No rush here. Even though I am 67, my breasts are like a teenage girl. The only problem I have with my breasts is that the left breast is slightly smaller than the right. I currently wear a 40 D bra.

BTW, breasts are so overrated. They really don't do much. Yes, breasts feed babies and attract men. Other than that, they mostly just get in the way.

On the other hand, for those of us with gender dysphoria, a good set of breasts are extremely gender confirming. I love my breasts very much. (o)(o)


Breasts are not that useless, people find utilities on them:
-they can feed people (well, if you're not breastfeeding this doesn't apply )
-they keep you a warm  (a bad point in hot climates)
-they protect your ribs
-they can be used as pillows
-they can be used as pockets (you can lose stuff there)
-they attract attention (good and bad attention)
-they make you "more acceptable" as a woman
-can be used to break stuff lol (if they're big)

And then there's the lots of cons starting with bra pain, bouncing, sagging,  boob pain, posture, spine, muscle and breathing problems, movement restriction (can affect your sleep and exercising routine) , more risks for a ton of diseases,  and it's hard and unhealthy to hide them.

Also transfeminine people have more tendency to developing unusual shaped or underdeveloped boobs. I wonder if anyone here experience such ?



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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 05:58:11 am »
Cat,

My comments on the usefulness of breasts are really the same as yours, just using different words.

Now that I have a couple of good sized of breasts on my chest, I no longer obsess about them. They are just there. Not a really big deal.

My perspective has changed somewhat after transition. I am not like I was before transition, where breasts were always on my mind. Things are different now.



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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 08:49:30 am »

BTW, breasts are so overrated. They really don't do much. Yes, breasts feed babies and attract men. Other than that, they mostly just get in the way.

On the other hand, for those of us with gender dysphoria, a good set of breasts are extremely gender confirming. I love my breasts very much. (o)(o)

My mental stressfulness about life in general has greatly settled after 15 months HRT. Yes, having nice breasts is gender confirming, absolutely. My breasts are large enough now to be cuddled in bed like two soft pillows to my chest and I can feel them resting on my arms when I fold my arms during the day at work. Instead of feeling a vague, generalized emptiness and the sensation of "something is missing in my life," I now have a sense of natural and emotional completeness. Everything is simply "right." Well, that's me. Hope that makes a little sense...

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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2017, 11:49:07 am »
I take HRT under doctor supervision and have been doing so for coming on 16  years now. I am in my mid 30s. I recently had breast augmentation done after weight loss. My breasts look like breasts; I did not have any development problems. I have had a mammogram and will continue to do so, but there is no evidence I have seen that being on HRT makes you more likely to get cancer (at least for trans women.) I love my boobs and feel without them I would feel much less feminine. I also like how much my husband and other partners like them.

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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2017, 12:59:23 pm »
On my 6 month checkup my doctor already told me that I will have to start annual mammograms next year once I pass the one year mark. Especially given a family history of breast cancer it do s make sense. To some degree it is also a level of affirmation even tough I am fully aware that every cis women hates it. We will see once I had my first.

Besides that: I am 45, on HRT for 6 months and so far made it to an A cup. They are really nicely shaped, so I cannot complain. I hope that they will continue to grow and my goal is a large B or a small C. We will see, I take what I get...


Do you have mammogram scans done how often ? Have you ever had one or any problem with your breasts? do you take hrt with doctor supervision ? What do you take ? How old are you?



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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2017, 01:22:37 pm »
I expect to watch for the same issues any cis woman would. Primarily just checking for lumps /breast cancer concerns. Otherwise I don't find any negatives about growing them. It is both affirming but also just feels natural. Kinda like I've read, ask a woman what's it like to have breasts and the reply is its like having an elbow or a knee. It's just normal.

Mine have been developing just fine. I wonder if the issues trans women had in the past with unusual shape growth is from non bioidenticle hormones or that some doctors don't think there's a reason to prescribe progesterone to trans women. This is a stupid idea as textbooks have long described progesterones function in breast tissue growth. Will I ever have fully developed breasts? Maybe not. To fully develop you have to experience the levels of hormones in pregnancy. I don't think any doctor will do that.

So growing early I experienced breast aching. They got tender if bumped. Now they seem to have slowed. Yes running across the house to grab the phone if it rings without supporting them hurts. That's just a girl thing. You either support them with your arm or wear a bra. That's female life. That doesn't bother me at all.

I'm 40 and started HRT less than 6 months ago. The effectiveness of estrogen seems quick if the testosterone is knocked down to female levels.
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Re: transfeminine people and breast problems
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 10:41:47 am »
How common are breast diseases (lumps, warts,  cysts,  fibrocysts , infections, galactorreha,   fibroadenomas , mondor's disease, cancer, sclerosing, etc) in transfeminine people if they take stuff like estrogen or Androgen antagonists  or progesterone ?



Do you have mammogram scans done how often ? Have you ever had one or any problem with your breasts? do you take hrt with doctor supervision ? What do you take ? How old are you?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Breast_diseases
No mammograms, but breast exam as part of my checkups with my Endocrine. Never had a problem with my breasts. I am under the care of an endocrinologist among others. I'm on IM estradiol weekly, and daily doses of Spironolactone, Finasteride, and Micronozed Progesterone. I'm 37.

Also transfeminine people have more tendency to developing unusual shaped or underdeveloped boobs. I wonder if anyone here experience such ?
Can't say mine are odd in any way. Granted they're small, but still larger than some of my cis-gendered friends.
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