Testosterone Hormone Therapy

Also known as masculinizing hormone therapy, female-to-male ( FTM) hormone therapy is a treatment used to change the secondary sexual characteristics of transgender males from feminine to masculine. It is an essential treatment for trans males who wish to achieve manly features for better congruence between their inner selves and outer body.

Testosterone primarily contributes to masculine characteristics such as sex drive, bone mass, body hair, body fat distribution, and muscle size and strength. Since a transgender male’s body will produce less testosterone and more estrogen, they need to externally induce this hormone for developing such manly features over the course of several months.

What Are The Benefits Of Testosterone Hormone Therapy For Gender Transition?

This female-to-male transgender hormone therapy is usually performed in combination with other medicinal courses and gender change surgeries. Though an elective treatment, this hormone therapy for gender transition is important for trans males as it offers the following benefits:

Increased Growth Of Facial And Body Hair: the main reason cisgender men have persistent facial, chest, and limb hair is due to the mass production of testosterone. Hence, this therapy triggers the same effect in trans males.

Reduced Severity Of Gender Dysphoria: A major mental threat to most transmen is the confusion and depression caused by gender dysphoria, which automatically subsides due to the results of this therapy.

Increased Muscle Mass And Strength: this hormone is also why men develop more muscles than women. It promotes more muscle growth in transmen who exercise.

Redistributed Body Fat: It causes the lower body fat that forms the feminine hourglass figure of transmen to move in the middle area to create a V-shaped male figure.

Development Of A Deeper, Manly Voice: This gender transition hormone therapy eventually causes the voice to change, making its pitch deeper and man-like.

Enlargement Of The Clitoris: For performing female to male sex reassignment surgery, testosterone plays a crucial role. It enlarges the clitoris, which acts as the head of the neopenis.

Better Quality Of Life: Testosterone hormone therapy for gender transition offers long-term mental health benefits, such as follows:

  • It stops the menstrual cycle and suppresses female reproductive activities
  • It improves psychological and social functioning by reducing emotional distress
  • It offers more sexual satisfaction due to improved sex drive
  • It boosts self-image, self-confidence, and the overall quality of life.

How Is Hormone Therapy For Gender Transition Carried Out In Transmen?

First, the doctor evaluates your overall health to decide if you’re a good candidate for gender transition hormone therapy. Testosterones can be induced in two ways:

  • By intravenous injections
  • By topical creams to be applied
  • As patches or pellets placed under the skin

The doctor will prescribe a fixed dosage according to your needs and gradually increase the amount as the changes occur.

If you experience menstrual blood flow, the doctor may also prescribe progesterone doses to control it. Over the next few months, you’ll start seeing apparent changes in your body, such as body hair growth, shrinking of the vagina, end of menstrual cycles, etc.

Throughout your gender transition hormone therapy sessions, the doctor will monitor your hormone concentration, lipids, fasting blood sugar, blood count, liver enzymes, and behavioral health to ensure that you experience the desired results with a minimum amount of doses.

If required, the doctor may also prescribe certain supplements to nourish your body, such as standard calcium and vitamin D supplementation, guided by regular bone density assessments.

Why Choose Us To Have Your Female To Male Gender Change Surgeries?

Most of the treatments involved in female-to-male surgeries are complex and prone to risks if not performed by experienced hands. It is paramount to choose an adept surgeon with specialized knowledge and skill in the gender change process. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Suresh Sanghvi, has more than 30 years of experience performing sex-change operations. Under his guidance, our staff of doctors and helpers have transformed more than 400 transmen lives with safe and modern treatment methodologies.

At Karishma Transgender Clinic, we understand how important these transgender female-to-male surgeries are for your successful transition process. Not to mention, we treat your integrity as our top priority, which is why our entire staff is trained to offer all services in a respectful and welcoming environment at our world-class gender change hospital in Pune, India.