Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for female-to-male (FTM) transgender individuals involves the use of testosterone to induce masculinizing changes in the body. Testosterone is typically administered through intramuscular injections, transdermal patches, gels, or subcutaneous pellets.
HRT for FTM individuals aims to:
- Induce physical changes: Testosterone promotes the development of masculine secondary sexual characteristics, such as facial and body hair growth, deepening of the voice, increased muscle mass, and redistribution of body fat.
- Stop or reduce menstruation: Testosterone can suppress or halt menstrual cycles in individuals assigned female at birth.
- Impact emotional well-being: Some individuals report improved mental well-being and a greater alignment between their gender identity and their physical appearance after starting testosterone therapy.
Before starting HRT, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional who specializes in transgender healthcare. They will evaluate your overall health, discuss the potential benefits and risks of hormone therapy, and monitor your progress throughout the process.
HRT for FTM individuals is typically a lifelong commitment, and the effects may take several months to years to fully manifest. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that individual results may vary. Regular follow-up visits with your healthcare provider are essential to monitor hormone levels, address any potential side effects, and ensure overall well-being during your transition journey.