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Northern Star Girl:
HRT potential outcomes and possible MTF timelines......

I see many posts from members on the forums asking about (and sometimes concerned)...
Here is my treatise regarding my own personal experiences as I started HRT on March 2015.... obviously it should be understood that every one, every body may not have the same results as I summarized here.

I am sharing with you my personal experiences of HRT and some of the timelines you "might" expect for yourself as you continue on in your journey.

As has been stated over and over here on the Forums in many posts and many of my past comments on various posts, HRT will work uniquely in your own unique body.
What you read about other transitioning members experiences with HRT most likely will not be identical to your own experiences.

Some will experience more dramatic changes more quickly and then some will experience less significant changes more slowly....   it is all up to your genes and how your body reacts to your own doctor managed HRT regimine.
Your doctor will  undoubtedly be continuing to look at your frequent blood test results during your journey to determine if any alterations to the medically prescribed HRT regimen are needed.

The adage that you have probably already heard here on the Forum's various threads regarding HRT and how it may work for various individuals is:
....."YMMV"  meaning that Your Mileage May Vary.
   
PATIENCE is definitely required.... usually not much happens very quickly with HRT... but changes will happen.  Here on the Forums you might want to do some reading of other transitioners posts and look at many of the posted HRT timelines and the before and after pictures. ....  they can give you a rough idea of what you MIGHT expect in your HRT as time goes on.

Many times the very first noticeable changes can be felt and seen within the first 3 weeks to a couple months... nipple and breast tenderness, erect nipples a lot of the time, breast bud lumps forming under the nipples and some pain when bumping your nipples.  Also as time goes on more significant breast growth may continue and there may be changes in body hair growth, also your own body and urine smell, changes in erections becoming less intense, less libido, etc.

Without a doubt this can be very "EXCITING and SCARY all at the same time."   One needs to hang on for an amazing ride.  Some of my own best and most appreciated and dramatic body changes happened for me at about the  4 to 6 month point through the start of year #2 of my HRT journey. 

Regarding tracking your body measurements, it would be a good idea if you established a reference point  allowing you to judge your body changes as HRT does it's magic.   
For me, I did not gain a whole lot in my hips but my breast growth was very good and after 2 years of HRT my breasts were a full C-cup.   
Many will achieve an A or a B cup and some transitioners may possibly achieve a C-cup or even a D-cup or more.

Even though I was able to very successfully pass before I went full-time... when I did go full-time at the 1 1/2 year mark in December 2016 I had been passing 100% of the time.  Of course that is just my unique experience, I suppose I can thank my body makeup and my genes for all that.

We are here to rejoice with you in the good times and to support you in the not so good times.
One more time.... PATIENCE is required.   The attitude of many people these days is "I want it all and I want it now" ... that will not apply to HRT. 

You might want to re-read what I just wrote so you can get a good grasp of the details that I mentioned.

Regarding your own future progress... things will happen with HRT, but in their own time and in their own ways in your unique body.

I will be looking forward to your updates as you feel free to post them.  Please hang in there!
Hugs and well wishes
Danielle

Jaymilynn:
Thank you so much for sharing. I had my first appointment with my GP today since coming out. I have my first appointment with my therapist the 5th of February. My GP is getting me a consultation appointment with the endocrinologist hopefully soon so we can discuss options. This is extremely exciting for me. I feel like my journey to complete womanhood is getting ready to start. I plan to post an HRT progress post after I’m started. These last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind.

Allie Jayne:
Danielle, our timelines vary depending on so many things, but one of the big ones is where we start from. Someone who is really big and tall may never see relative changes as they would need proportionately large breasts to be even noticed.  I started out very broad and muscled, and weight loss has made as much difference in my first year on HRT as the hormones did. I also had a slight head start having hypogonadism for decades before transition, meaning I have light body hair and a full head of hair. Age does play a part, I was 65 when I started HRT, so smooth skin will never replace my age wrinkles and skin spots.

If you are happy to, can you describe your starting point?

Hugs,

Allie

Wendi:
Great post Danielle, I myself was wondering what my timeline would be when I started HRT.

This will be good for newcomer's as a reference.

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Pammie:

--- Quote from: Jenniferlynn on January 22, 2020, 10:38:47 pm ---Thank you so much for sharing. I had my first appointment with my GP today since coming out. I have my first appointment with my therapist the 5th of February. My GP is getting me a consultation appointment with the endocrinologist hopefully soon so we can discuss options. This is extremely exciting for me. I feel like my journey to complete womanhood is getting ready to start. I plan to post an HRT progress post after I’m started. These last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind.

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OMG I can imagine how exciting this is! Wonderful ! Xx


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