Monday, April 10, 2017

Risks Associated With Hormone Use (Testoserone)

Risks Associated With Hormone UseAs with any medication, taking testosterone comes with it's own set of risks and possible side effects. In my main post on hormone therapy I allude to the fact that HRT is very dangerous so I have compiled a list below of the risks associated with taking testosterone.

The goal of HRT in regards to trans men is to raise a person's testosterone levels to normal male levels. This is accomplished by administering testosterone. Routine blood testing is required to insure these levels stay correct.

In addition to hormone levels there are a number of other things that need to be monitored such as blood lipids and liver health. There may be other risk so please talk to your doctor about specifics. Your current health condition may play into this a great deal.

Specific Risks

Heart Problems and Stroke

Current research suggests that taking testosterone may increased one's risk of heart related problems including heart attack and heart failure. There may also me an increased risk of stroke.

Liver Damage

Long term high dose testosterone has been linked to liver damage. This can increase one's risk of liver cancer. Also, there is possibly an increased risk of breast cancer for trans men.

Mood changes and Increased Aggression

Testosterone may increase aggressive behavior is some people. It can also increase depression.

Hair Loss

Increased testosterone may trigger what is typically called "male pattern baldness". THis type of hair loss is generally irreversible.

Infertility

Some people see this as a side effect, some see it as a benefit; either way HRT will make you infertile. If you want to have children in the future make sure you plan accordingly.


Insulin Sensitivity

This may increase ones risk of Type II diabetes in people who are predisposed to acquiring the disease.

Regret

I know that the risk of regretting transition is very low but it can and does happen. This is the ultimate decision really in the steps leading up yo your transition... Do the risks of what you will need to do out way the benefits of doing them? Are you really comfortable with the permanent effects of testosterone therapy?

While it is easy to make a snap decision on these questions, they really are not things you should rush to find an answers to! Take your time, talk to your doctor and your therapist, and enter into this process with both eyes wide open!