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Offline transornot

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Estrogen only?
« on: November 14, 2020, 06:39:29 pm »
Has anyone else been prescribed estrogen only?
I had my first HRT appt last week and the endo talked with me about estrogen and spiro we both discussed the negative effects that we didnt like about spiro. Than she kind of pushed that aside and started talking about starting just estrogen. I went and got my bloodwork and I'm currently waiting for results.
A little back story I'm non binary and do not want full transition just enough to soften things and eventually a form of bottom surgery.

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2020, 08:22:07 pm »
I started with estradiol patches only, unless you count finasteride. Honestly, finasteride doesn't do much to feminize anyone. Four months after starting patches I was feeling really happy and asked to add spiro. HRT is definitely YMMV, no two people respond exactly the same. Just go with what your endo recommends for now and see what happens.

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2020, 08:40:57 pm »
@transornot
The advice given our lovely member   @Jessica_Rose   is exactly correct.
Follow your Doctor's orders and be certain to clearly express your HRT desires and concerns
during your followup appointments.
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I started with estradiol patches only, unless you count finasteride. Honestly, finasteride doesn't do much to feminize anyone. Four months after starting patches I was feeling really happy and asked to add spiro. HRT is definitely YMMV, no two people respond exactly the same. Just go with what your endo recommends for now and see what happens.

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2020, 09:40:03 pm »
I'm not on Estrogen only, but I was on Dutasteride for a couple of years before starting it.  It has some antiandrogen benefits.
I'm a 67 year old AMAB who has been thinking about SRS for many years.  I also was a  full cross dresser for a few years.  I wear a bra, pantyhose and nail polish daily because it just feels right.

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2020, 01:08:27 am »
Funny enough, I'm currently on estradiol patches right now, without anything else (twelve days so far).

I'm happy with how it's going, but like everyone else here said, our results are going to be unique to us (and, patience is key).
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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2020, 07:11:20 am »
Every body is different, there is no one universal HRT regiment, just guidelines.  I requested estradiol mono when I started my HRT for a number of reasons. My testosterone levels have always been very low, evidenced by a sparse beard, little body hair, more feminine than masculine body features. My thinking is that the awesomely powerful hormone estradiol would on its own be sufficient to steer my body in a more feminine direction. I also wanted to avoid the possible negative side effects of commonly prescribed anti-antigens.  The other consideration was that I did not want to shutdown my bodies capacity to produce its own hormones. After 8 months and experiencing modest breast development, softer skin, reduction in the little body hair I had, some redistribution of fat, mild change to emotions, changes in my smell sense, I will stay with the mono therapy, that is if the my doctor will allow. I would like to mimic the hormone levels of teenage female  but alas this old girl has a lot of miles on her and I need go easy on the pedal.
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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2020, 07:05:47 pm »
When I first started HRT, I had a significant Testosterone blood level. I needed Spironolactone and Finasteride to augment my Estradiol. Once I got rid of the T factory, I dropped the Spironolactone and a few months later I dropped the Finasteride as well.

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2020, 07:26:18 am »
I am on sublingual estradiol. I love my results. I tried spiro and hated the side effects. My doc encouraged me to stop them and have been on just estradiol since. It’s been the best decision for me! I am very happy with my results! Hugs, Rebecca

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2021, 08:30:23 pm »
Just an update. I am now into my 5th week of HRT my endo started me on a low dose estrogen patch to start the first 3 months. Really no noticable effects yet (not that I expected alot in the first month). She said at the 3 month appt we will see where I'm at and either stay where I am or up the dose.

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2021, 09:37:18 am »
Congratulations Transornot on starting Estrogen Patch only HRT in early December. Enjoy the rollercoaster ride.

Wishing you success and happiness

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2021, 07:59:21 pm »
So I have been on Estradiol Valerate since I started HRT in July of 2019. I was on Spiro prior to orchiectomy. Since then my doctor has added Progesterone into the mix to help with feminizing and breast development.

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Re: Estrogen only?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2021, 09:16:13 pm »
I’m on estrogen only from my endo. I take finasteride from my PCP.

My endo will revisit a blocker at the one year mark. Don’t really want to go down that path. So my endo and I are in alignment on the treatment plan.

Good luck!

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