Remember me? I’m Eli, the trans guy that started this blog about his tranniness and has, of late, been watching Netflix and getting all wrapped up in work and moving plans.
Well, I’m back. Let’s talk T.
Or, more directly, let’s talk about T in all the ways I don’t see many trans guys talk about T. I’m not on T, but I am thinking about it. My plan is thus: When K and I move back to Chicago in two months, I will seek out an endocrinologist, a trans-positive one, and get the scoop from a medical professional on the pros and cons and options for a trans guy considering T.
But first, why do I want to take T? Well, in short, for these reasons:
I want a deeper voice.
I want more muscles.
I want fat redistribution.
I want to be read as male more frequently.
Some facial hair would be nice, but it’s not an end-all goal.
Am I willing to risk my long-term health in serious ways for those things? No. So, I want to hear from you guys: on the blogs, dudes only talk about wanting T wanting T wanting T getting T getting T getting T feeling awesome and manly and everything is shinier and radder.
But really, what I am interested in is this: what did talking T do to you that you weren’t expecting? What undesirable effects did it have? How did it change you psychologically? Were you in a LTR? What effects did the T have on that, and how did your partner react? I know I’m asking for your dirty laundry, but I am also offering a safe space in which to air it.
I found recently when I discussed my post-op depression, that lots of trans folks experienced it too, but I had a hard time finding examples of it on the web. Well, I wonder if there are dudes out there on T that had some surprising experiences but haven’t had the space to write about them, or maybe just hadn’t had anyone ask them for that particular story. So, I’m asking.
Sure, tell me your good stories too, unexpected things that you were glad to have happen are always a treat to read about, and are important in getting an on-the-ground honest assessment of the pros and cons of T. I am trying to get a fuller picture here of the effects of T, and while I have heard lots of glory stories, or bragging, which is great, I have not seen so much complaining. So start your bitching here!
And not to put too fine a point on it, but I would love to hear from you, and you, and you, and you, because your opinions I hold in high regard, and your stories have meant so much to me as we have gotten to “know” each other via WP. I wonder, what were your fears or concerns when you started T, and how did they pan out? What kinds of maintenance routines do you have to go through besides the shot or cream in order not only to maintain your T levels, but to maintain your health as a trans person taking T?
I know this is a lot of private information to ask of you, and of course if I don’t hear from anyone, I understand and respect that choice. Thank you.
Be nice to yourselves,
Your Pal Eli