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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #60 on: September 12, 2020, 09:48:07 am »
When I turned 70 I realized that I had to transition or enter the end my life in deep regret and unhappiness.  Three years later I have completed my transition and am deeply grateful and happy. 

Laura, for some of us life begins anew at 70!
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Dear Dorit:
First off, I am so happy to read ALL of the good reports from all that have contributed to this thread.

I agree completely with your reply comment....  except for a few edits that apply to my own journey:
           When I turned 70 35
           Three Five years later I have completed my transition and am deeply grateful and happy.


*** It seems to me that one's age has less to do with successes in our transitions than most people think.  Transition is not just in our bodies, but also in our mental state and our self-confidence.

Thank you everyone for sharing your stories.

HUGS to all.....
Danielle
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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #61 on: September 30, 2020, 08:05:07 pm »
Laura, How is your recovery going from FFS?

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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #62 on: October 01, 2020, 07:04:20 am »
Laura, I like reading your story. As a fellow retired teacher, I feel the Sisterhood of Chalky Hands.

Like you, I'm pert near breastless, but I like the freedom of going braless and at 64, my breasts are still as perky as they were at 30. There's simply not enough for gravity to grab. I had a roommate who had pendulums at age 29. She looked great in a push-up bra, but they were tube socks with tennis balls in them without support. So, enjoy the sleek liberation of tiny breasts. I don't know if you like men, but plenty of men like tiny breasts.

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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #63 on: October 07, 2020, 06:06:49 am »
One Year

Incredible. That I’ve been on HRT for one year seems amazing, particularly since it took me four years to get to this point. We all transition at our own pace, and while my pace was start/stop multiple times for three years, last October I committed to the journey to be Laura.

It’s been an incredible year, particularly in the past four months. Much of that story is chronicled in my personal blog.

In preparation for year two, I scheduled an appointment with my Kaiser MST (Multi-Specialty Transitions) doctor and asked for my hormone levels to be checked. When the results came back, my T level was listed as less than 20 (Kaiser doesn’t specify so my T could be anywhere between 0 and 19) and my E level was 147, which I found disappointing. Why? Because I’ve not experienced any breast growth or tenderness since late December. My doctor soon emailed that my levels were perfect.  I had hoped to convince my doctor to change the delivery method, dose, or to add Progesterone, but to no avail.

During my phone appointment with my doctor, she explained that my hormones are in the goal range for a woman my age. (And I really hate being a woman of “that” age. LOL) She understands my concern about my lack of growth and said that most growth happens in the first year with some additional growth during year two. As she said, WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get.) and that most of us get an A or small B cup. While I’d love to add progesterone or up my E level, she said that they worry about heart attacks/strokes if E is higher. Their standard is the "minimum dose that meets my needs and is safe".  As far as progesterone, my doctor said they don’t recommend adding progesterone because they think that people who report growth during progesterone use are just adding weight.

Three Month measurements
Band size: 38. Bust size: 39.

One Year Measurements
Band size: 37. Bust size: 39.

She did mention that I can begin considering breast augmentation, since the wait for surgery would provide time for my breasts to finish their growth. What surprised me is that Kaiser now covers BA as medically necessary, so they’ll cover it.  Holy Cow. I’m in. I never progressed past an “A” cup, and while I know that’s more than some MTF get, family history led me to believe/hope that I’d reach a “B”. Time will tell and I’ll repeat YMMV so Danielle won’t have to. LOL.

I also asked her to refer me for GCS, so I’ll have updates soon about my BA and GCS consults in the future. My initial consult with the Kaiser shrink is next week.

Weight loss
I’ve tracked my weight for more than a year now, weighing each Tuesday morning which is my “official weight” for the week. During the past year, I’ve lost 14 pounds and am now 153 pounds for my 5’8” body. I do wonder what effect weight loss has had on my breast development and whether it’s too late to see progress. Still, I’m pleased that my clothes fit better. I have had many periods where I’ve gained several pounds at different points of the year as I splurged on sweets or other comfort foods or I was unable to exercise because of knee or back pain. I’ve definitely lost some muscle mass during the last year because my tennis serve and shots are less powerful than before.

During this first year on HRT, I came out to several close friends and neighbors. When I began this journey in earnest last year, I had come out to only one person, if you don’t count myself or the therapist I had told my story to three years prior. That my friend was completely accepting was one reason I gathered the strength to restart this journey. It would be another 11 months before I came out to eight people, but given that most were in the last three months seems to indicate that the snowball rolling down the hill is picking up steam.

While my FFS had originally been scheduled for mid-June, COVID shut that down and for months I could only guess when Kaiser would be able to reschedule. It was quite surprising when, in early August, my surgeon called offering me a slot the following week. Now eight weeks into recovery, my face is slowly becoming Laura, although I’ll need to continue waiting for another 6-10 months for all the swelling to subside.

My next appointment is a year away.

Onward.

Laura
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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #64 on: October 07, 2020, 06:28:45 am »
Laura, I too am small breasted and I quite like it, for I go braless 99.5% of the time. I don't know if you're straight, but the men I've dated didn't care that I was small breasted and there is one school of thought that maintains going braless gives the muscles that support your breasts a workout, thus making them less likely to sag. Perhaps it's worked that way for me as I'm 64 and my breasts are as perky as those of a 24-year old. Plus, it's my understanding that breast augmentation isn't one and done. Down the road, your breasts might have to be redone and each surgery carries risks. So, free or not, consider that flat is where it's at. 

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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #65 on: October 08, 2020, 03:05:32 am »
I enjoy your formative update.  Again, your new avatar is so cute even after only two months!

This is a common approach to HRT :During my phone appointment with my doctor, she explained that my hormones are in the goal range for a woman my age.

My endocrinologist had the same approach. :(  The problem is we are not post menopaused women even though we are in that age!  We are transitioning transsexual women and we need the higher estrogen to go through our "second puberty."   Some doctors understand this and want higher levels, others don't, their concern about increased risks is also valid.

After 30 months on HRT I too barely had a A.  I had to use push up pads to get a reasonable looking bust for someone my size. I am 183 cm and 73 Kilo.  So I had the BA and threw out the push up pads!  I now have a natural looking B, plus I too can go braless as the implants are relatively small, 300cc.  Exceedingly happy with my decision. :)
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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #66 on: October 08, 2020, 09:27:41 am »
@Laura1951
Dear Laura:
I enjoyed reading your positive self-commentary on your ONE YEAR HRT update....   wow, time flies when you're having fun!!!

I completely agree with @Dorit ... "...your new avatar is so cute even after only two months!"

I am glad that your doctor is closely monitoring your hormone blood levels and is truly concerned about possible harmful side effects of levels that may get too high.   I love the reference to WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get.)  .... the other Acronym that you have said that you heard me say here on the Forums is YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)
Both of those are something that affects all that are transitioning.  Patience is required...and if needed there are clothing choices and other measures that can be considered to assist in appearance goals.  I am glad that you had a discussion with your doctor regarding possible Breast Augmentation.

I will indeed be eagerly looking for your updates soon about your BA and GCS consults in the future.

I am impressed with your weight loss report...  you have lost 14 pounds and you are now 153 pounds @ 5’8” body.
That is great news.   
My personal opinion is that weight loss does indeed affect breast size, that is why I think it is best to lose weight before HRT......   
....but that ship has sailed, so please don't try to gain weight to increase your breast size, just my personal opinion, that is all.... ! :o ::)

Again, thank you for keeping all of us updated.... we are all rooting for you!!!

HUGS, and best wishes,
Danielle
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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #67 on: October 08, 2020, 02:51:26 pm »
Laura, I too am small breasted and I quite like it, for I go braless 99.5% of the time. I don't know if you're straight, but the men I've dated didn't care that I was small breasted and there is one school of thought that maintains going braless gives the muscles that support your breasts a workout, thus making them less likely to sag. Perhaps it's worked that way for me as I'm 64 and my breasts are as perky as those of a 24-year old. Plus, it's my understanding that breast augmentation isn't one and done. Down the road, your breasts might have to be redone and each surgery carries risks. So, free or not, consider that flat is where it's at.
I certainly could be braless, with my "A"s, but I love the feel of my push-up bra. I know many GGs are small breasted too, but I'm still holding out that my body can be the little engine that could. LOL. I'm giving it another 18 months before I make the call for BA.

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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #68 on: October 08, 2020, 02:54:11 pm »
I enjoy your formative update.  Again, your new avatar is so cute even after only two months!

This is a common approach to HRT :During my phone appointment with my doctor, she explained that my hormones are in the goal range for a woman my age.

My endocrinologist had the same approach. :(  The problem is we are not post menopaused women even though we are in that age!  We are transitioning transsexual women and we need the higher estrogen to go through our "second puberty."   Some doctors understand this and want higher levels, others don't, their concern about increased risks is also valid.

After 30 months on HRT I too barely had a A.  I had to use push up pads to get a reasonable looking bust for someone my size. I am 183 cm and 73 Kilo.  So I had the BA and threw out the push up pads!  I now have a natural looking B, plus I too can go braless as the implants are relatively small, 300cc.  Exceedingly happy with my decision. :)

Thank you @Dorit for the compliment. I had the same problem trying to convince my doctor that I'm going through puberty and should have comparable E levels, but Kaiser does it best to keep levels much lower. At least I'm at the one-year mark and going out more as Laura.

Unless my boobs grow into a B cup in the next 18 months, I plan to have BA too.

Laura
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Re: Laura's HRT Progress
« Reply #69 on: October 08, 2020, 02:57:43 pm »
First off, I am so happy to read ALL of the good reports from all that have contributed to this thread.

I agree completely with your reply comment....  except for a few edits that apply to my own journey:
           When I turned 70 35
           Three Five years later I have completed my transition and am deeply grateful and happy.


*** It seems to me that one's age has less to do with successes in our transitions than most people think.  Transition is not just in our bodies, but also in our mental state and our self-confidence.

Thank you everyone for sharing your stories.[/size]

Well, doesn't @Danielle look adorable with a face mask.

thank you for your continued encouragement. You're right that while transition is at first about our bodies, our mental state and confidence must transition as well. Now that I'm at the one-year mark, I need to get out more so I can build my confidence.

Laura
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