Crossdressing refers to the act of wearing items of clothing not commonly associated with one’s assigned sex. It doesn’t necessarily imply anything about a person’s gender identity or their desire to physically transition from one gender to another.

People who crossdress for any reason, such as self-expression or comfort, don’t typically take hormones just for crossdressing. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves taking medications to alter your physical appearance and body chemistry in significant ways to be more in line with the opposite gender, and it’s typically pursued by those who wish to transition from their assigned sex to their identified gender.

HRT can have significant effects on the body, such as changes in body hair, fat distribution, muscle mass, and reproductive capabilities. It can also have risks and side effects, and should be overseen by a healthcare provider. It’s not something to be undertaken lightly or without careful consideration.

If you’re considering HRT, it’s important to discuss this with a healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about transgender health issues. They can help you understand the potential risks and benefits and make an informed decision.

It’s also important to remember that everyone’s journey with their gender identity is personal and unique. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to express your gender. If crossdressing makes you feel more comfortable or authentic, that’s completely valid. Always consult with healthcare professionals to get the most recent and relevant information. As of my last update in September 2021, this information was accurate, but it may have changed since then.