Taking masculinizing hormones involves taking a form of testosterone. In the United States, the type of testosterone prepared is biologically identical to the type of testosterone secreted by the human testicle. There are several ways which you can administer this medication. Testosterone is usually administered as an injection into the muscle or subcutaneously. It can also be administered as a gel or compound cream. Discuss with your doctor about what options feel right for you.
You can stop therapy whenever it feels right or talk with your doctor about a low dose option. Remember this is your experience, and you are valid in your gender identity whether you decide to take testosterone or not.
Side effects to testosterone include: migraines, mood fluctuations, hair loss, pelvic pain, and acne.
The goal of masculinizing hormone therapy is to accentuate the secondary sex characteristics of biological males and decrease the effects of estrogen. The secondary sex characteristics affected by testosterone are outlined throughout this website.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and responsible for the secondary sex characteristics achieved with hormone therapy.
The human testicles (testes) are oval shaped organs (usually 2) located in the scrotum of a biological male. Its primary functions are to secrete testosterone and produce sperm.
Subcutaneously is a medical term that means "under the skin".