Can you please describe your T journey (brand and doses)? Thank you!
Hey there, I’ve documented my T (and surgery) journey pretty extensively on my youtube channel - I’d definitely recommend checking out my Testosterone Updates Playlist for more detailed information (I put my dosage in the description as well). I updated it monthly for the first year, and then slowed down a bit since then but still try to update every 6 months.
For a basic break-down: Month 1: Testim Gel (50 mg per day, applied to the shoulder region) Month 2 - 30: Testosterone Cypionate 200 MG per ML Oil (150 mg injected every 2 weeks) Month 32 - 36: Testosterone Cypionate 200 MG per ML Oil (200 mg injected every 2 weeks) Month 38 - 42: Testosterone Cypionate 200 MG/ML Oil (140 mg injected every 2 weeks) Months 44 - Now: Testosterone Cypionate 200 MG/ML Oil (120 mg injected every 2 weeks)
Hey, I'm going to start college in a year and I've been thinking about Boston. Since I'm trans and you're from Boston I was kind of hoping you could tell me the process of how and where you started t. Thanks!
Hey there, Boston is a great place to not only go to school, but transition as well (obviously I’m a bit biased, haha). But anyways I don’t want to give you misinformation on the current processes, as I was diagnosed with GID 10+ years ago as well as received my letter to begin hormones in that time frame as well. And I know things have changed a bit (or at least people have found work-arounds to cheat the system which I don’t agree with) since then - most of which I disagree with, but my personal opinion isn’t important here.
So, instead of telling you the process I went through, I’m going to give you some links that could be beneficial and would be much more informational for you on what the process looks like here in Boston today. Hopefully that alright!
FENWAY HEALTH This is where I have been receiving my hormones all through out my transition, and where my primary care doctor who monitors my HRT is located - and I can’t see enough about their great providers, resources, and care. I can’t imagine physically transitions anywhere else, or at least starting out physically transitioning anywhere else. I would definitely recommend reading that entire page, but pay close attention to the final paragraph:
When I started the process of physical transition I worked with them through that email and they answered all my questions, helped me get all set up, and were just generally extremely helpful and informative.
THE MASSACHUSETTS TRANSGENDER POLITICAL COALITION This is just a good resource to have in your back pocket to know what’s going on in the trans community in and around the Boston area. They have a lot of helpful links on their site as well - especially in the “get help” section.
T-VOX: THERAPISTS IN GREATER BOSTON T-vox.org is great about having comprehensive lists of surgeons, therapists and medical providers by region. If you are looking for a therapist who specializes in transgender care, they have a great list (Fenway Health does offer the behavioral health aspect of transitioning as well, but I’ve heard it’s quite the waiting list).
Hey man, first of all, you're a great inspiration to me and I check you on tumblr at least weekly (no creepy stalker vibe intended). That said, have you already dealt with any hair loss so far? If no, do you plan on doing something about it once it happens?
Hey there, thank you for such kind words! Sorry for such a late response (and to the other asks I have in my ask box - I will get to them as well, I promise - I just want to make sure I have the time to sit down, think, and give you the responses you deserve), my life has been a bit hectic lately and haven’t had too much time for tumblr.
Anyways, unfortunately I have not - haha. I was hoping for some hair loss to be honest. I have a lot of hair, and it grows extremely fast so I was really hoping for at least a bit. I think my hairline at the temples has receded a little bit, but beyond that no hair loss. I might be mistaken, but I think the hair loss that is associated with HRT/testosterone has a lot to do with your genetics/family history - and I don’t have a strong history of male pattern balding/baldness in my family - we all have a lot of very thick hair.
To answer your second question, nope - I probably wouldn’t do anything about it. I would probably just move to haircuts that work better, and if it got really bad I would just shave my head. If it happens, well, I’ll just have to own that shit, and rock it to the best of my ability.
Did you grow your beard naturally or use something for it?
Other than Dr. prescribed and monitored testosterone injections for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), no I did not use any further products to increase facial hair growth, or any other type of body hair growth.
Dude, if you like scented candles, you should totally check out the Sydney Hale Co. They're kind of pricey, but they last a long time, some of the profits go to charity, and they smell incredible. Plus when you've burned the candle all the way down, you can use the container as a whiskey glass.
Ah, those look great. Definitely something I should look into purchasing. Thanks for the heads up and the recommendation, appreciate it!
Hey, do you have any tips on feeling confident? I'm going to prom in two weeks in a suit and I feel like I'm going to feel really uncomfortable. It will be my first time in a suit and I don't know if I'll look good or not. So yea, do you have any tips? Thanks
Hey, I know it’s a total cliche but self-confidence can only come from you, and once you have it - it will radiate from you, and others will pick up on that and respond positively to it. For your particular situation, I’d try it on a couple of times and stand in front of a mirror and re-assure yourself, “Damn, I look damn good." If you have a few close friends that you trust try it on in front of them and see what they say, maybe they’ll have suggestions or little tweaks to make it even better - and if not they can re-assure you as well.
As for the actual occasion, Prom, straighten up your posture, look people straight in the eye, and just hold your head high. Walk in there like you own the damn place, and just have a good time! Enjoy the night, enjoy the moment, enjoy the people you are with - that’s what really matters. I give you major props, I didn’t even go to any of my proms or dances or social events in High School so the fact that you are just being you, and going, should give you one hell of a boost of self-confidence, cause you are a very strong person.
How do you find jeans to fit into being so short? And what size jeans do you wear?
I find jeans the same way everyone else does, going to stores trying them on, and finding the ones that fit best.
Then I just gradually buy out every color/wash in that length, waist, and style that they have. I have always bought my jeans at American Eagle, as they always seemed to have the best fits for me. For a while I stuck exclusively with the Slim Straight Jean, as I need something somewhat fitted (being so short) but also something that ran straight through the thigh because I was self-conscious about my hips. However, as I grew more and more confident with myself and my transition, I switched over to the much better fitting and flattering Slim Jean once they released that fit.
You can view their whole line of styles at theirAEO Jean Men’s Jean Guide. And to answer the last bit of your question, I wear a 26 waist and a 28 leg.