First pic is at 18, before HRT.
Second pic is at 19, just starting HRT.
Third is on my 20th birthday, a year into HRT.
Fourth is at 21, now, a year off of HRT.
Not everyone has to or wants to medically transition. For me, i feel more comfortable pursuing Hormone Replacement Therapy. In the simplest of terms: I take meds that reduce my testosterone, and increase estrogen. This way my body makes significant changes to its chemistry and makes me feel way more comfortable than i ever did before hormones. I took them for a year, painstakingly watching for improvements. Asking everyday if people noticed changes. About 3 months in i started to notice some changes. 6 months even more came. And after a full year of hormones i felt 100% comfortable in my body. Then i had to stop them. I started noticing changes almost immediately. I was reverting back. And ya know, not everyone will notice these changes, but living in this body and watching it everyday, you notice when things are off. A couple months would pass and I’d notice my face changing, my skin growing rougher, my personality even fluctuating. In short: it sucked. So now it’s been a year off hormones and i feel like I’m back at square one. I still live full time as myself, but my confidence and sense of self has gotten very rotten. So, i kicked myself in the rear and started making some changes. In the past 6 months i feel I’ve made major changes for the better in who i am. I’m stronger, smarter, and more resilient. I’ve made the moves possible for me to get back onto hormones, and am now a week in on round 2 lol. This whole thing I’m typing is just a choppy robotic mess of facts and feelings and i just want to end it by saying for me, I needed this. It’s going to make me feel so so good and I’m excited. I can’t wait to be comfortable in my skin again. It’ll take a while, but i got time. (Hopefully lol) .
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