Vicky wrote:I am strictly following an MD supervised and monitored (endocrinologist, therapist, and psychiatrist) program, and intend to keep it that way. Unless you DO have your own MD degree and Licentiate in Pharmacy, you could all too soon qualify for the impersonal care of a Pathologist, and even with those degrees, if you are following your own advice, you have a pretty clueless patient. A relative of mine, who IS a heart surgeon, will not operate on himself, for obvious reasons.
My attitude is not the WORST one in this group on that subject!!!
(In all truth, we would like to keep you alive for a long healthy old age in your preferred gender!!)
nexyjo wrote:while i know that a number of people successfully self-medicate, we always recommend that one transitions medically under the supervision of a qualified medical professional. they'll typically monitor your blood work and liver function, and catch many negative effects before they become unhealthy or terminal. there are many comprehensive websites on the internet that indicate typical hormone regimens - google is your friend.
JamieC wrote:Actually if you it is super hard to get a therapist/doctor/endo, it is very useful to do some research on your own. (I have no insurance at all Really, I found it useful to look up wikipedia and search for all the medical terms. Educate yourself. Go the a university library and access all the loads of primary medical research documents. Read the stuff doctors will read to keep up on their subject. We all know doctors have spent years learning what they do but even they have to keep up with modern medicines. If you go and access those medical review papers and what not, it would go a long way in shedding some light on your path. Many informative review papers/ research papers are online now- take a day and read and learn. Heck you might find it's fascinating and keep reading for fun!
On the other hand, what doctors can provide you with are the important blood tests. Also if you have diebetes, high/low blood pressure, high cholesterol, anything out of the ordinary, the medical supervision is highly recommended.
On your breast growth on just anti-androgens, it is possible to get some growth, but that is purely to your natural estrogen working as testosterone action is being blocked (or antagonized) by the spiro. If you get some estradiol in there, you can expect a lot more. On your dosage of estrogen, I do think 8mg is too much. Women who are in menopause usually take up to 2mg a day - that's because 2mg is enough to elevate serum estradiol levels above that of a pre-menopause woman! IMO, I would raise E to 4 maybe 5mg max, but that's my opinion. Age and body weight does play a big role in dosing too. If you're still young (early 20s) you shouldnt have to wait too long for E to work.
Hope that helped! Let me know if you have any questions
SentientTgurl2 wrote:You should count yourself lucky about your age, I've met a few people in their late 20s and up who have suffered from clots due to Lynoral/Ethinyl Estradiol It's prescribed in the lowest possible dose to prevent pregnancy in GGs which is about 20-35 mcg a day, you're taking several times. Bad for the liver, and bad for blood clots both can lead to death
♥Muffin♥ wrote:I've been taking progynova for seven months and I'm considering changing to estrofem. Reasons are I want to go bioidentical and to be taking a micronised estrogen.. but I'm still researching them. My GP hasn't even heard of estrace so it's all a bit confusing not to mention annoying
I will be trying a new GP soon.
I'm also going to start on a progesterone (Prometrium) and also on Avodart for my hair (not that it's bad just it could help).
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