Hormone Therapy in Sex Reassignment surgery
Transgender hormonal therapy for (Female to male and male to female) is the therapy given to change the secondary sexual characteristics of transgender people from masculine to feminine, and vice versa. This therapy is also named as hormonal replacement therapy. The process involves taking estrogens for a male to female transition or testosterone for a female to male transition. The aim of hormone therapy is to alter the physical appearance into wanted gender.
Let’s have a look on how testosterone affect female and how estrogens affect Male.
The impacts of Testosterone on Females-
When transgender women begin taking testosterone, they start experiencing the changes in reduced female characteristics and increased male characteristics. The changes can be separated into two categories, bodily changes and behaviour changes.
Bodily changes include:
- Beard and moustache growth
- Deepening of the voice
- Enlargement of the clitoris
- Increase in number of red blood cells
- Redistribution of fat from the breasts, hips, and thighs to the abdominal area
- Development of acne, similar to male puberty
- Increased growth of body hair
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Baldness or localized hair loss
- Atrophy of the uterus and ovaries, resulting in an inability to have children
Behavioural changes include:
- Increased sex drive
Now let’s discuss the impact of estrogens on male