Hormone therapy for male-to-female (MTF) transgender individuals involves the use of estrogen and anti-androgen medications to induce feminizing changes in the body. Here are some common hormones used in MTF hormone therapy:

  1. Estrogen: Estrogen is the primary hormone used in MTF hormone therapy. It promotes the development of feminine secondary sexual characteristics, including breast growth, redistribution of body fat, and softening of the skin. Estrogen can be administered orally, through patches, injections, or sublingual tablets.
  2. Anti-Androgens: Anti-androgens are medications used to block or reduce the effects of male hormones (such as testosterone) in the body. They help suppress the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics, allowing feminine changes to occur. Commonly used anti-androgens include spironolactone, cyproterone acetate, and GnRH agonists.

The specific regimen and dosages of hormone therapy can vary based on individual needs and medical considerations. It is essential to work closely with a qualified healthcare professional experienced in transgender healthcare to determine the appropriate hormone regimen and monitor the effects on your body.

It’s important to note that hormone therapy for MTF individuals is a long-term commitment, and the changes brought about by hormones are gradual and may take time to fully develop. Regular monitoring of hormone levels and health assessments are typically conducted to ensure the therapy is safe and effective.

Hormone therapy should always be pursued under the guidance of a healthcare professional who can provide proper medical supervision, discuss potential risks and side effects, and monitor overall health and well-being throughout the process.