Transgender Hormone Therapy In Coronado
Every transgender individual doesn’t choose to undergo transgender hormone therapy. At Peak Health Group, we believe those who do should have all the information they need regarding their treatment. Through our integrated health services, we work in relationship with our patients to find the best, least intrusive solutions for treating the individual as a whole.
What to Expect from Transgender Hormone Therapy
Most of us think of transgenders as people who make the transition from female to male or from male to female. However, some nonconforming individuals undergo hormone therapy to achieve a balance of their sex hormones instead of achieving a feminine or masculine identity. In any case, hormone therapy is either feminizing or masculinizing. Feminizing hormone therapy consists of estrogen’s and antiandrogens, while masculinizing hormone therapy consists of androgen’s. The most well-known androgen is testosterone.
Androgens are male sex hormones found in both men and women. The difference is that they occur at much higher levels in men. These hormones play a big role in developing male traits and reproduction. Testosterone is the most familiar androgen.
In women, androgens are converted into estrogens. Estrogen plays a role in the development of feminine characteristics, helps regulate the menstrual cycle, and plays a role in reproduction.
Antiandrogens are drugs that block androgens. They are given to MTF patients during transgender hormone therapy to block the actions of testosterone and other androgens. This suppresses masculine characteristics, while estrogen causes female characteristics to develop. They might also be used as part of feminizing therapy for transgender women or to block puberty in transgender girls.