The newest group that’s started to grow in both size and persecution is the transgender community. Most of the discrimination can be attributed to the fact people are ignorant about the topic and what exactly is a transgender person. One of the most used excuses against transgender people is that they were born male or female, thus are male and female, not what they know they really are.
However, science has shown that this isn’t the case. In fact, there are hundreds of articles about being trans, but the effects it can leave on your body may stop you from following through. If you are a female transitioning to a male you might deal with menopausal symptoms sooner than anticipated. The hormone you take, testosterone, decreases the production of estrogen creating feminine dryness and even painful intercourse for you.
Lack of Estrogen
One of the first steps you have to take to transition from female to male is to start hormone therapy. The hormone you will start to take is testosterone and it’s predominantly in males. However, the hormone does exist in women as well—it’s what gives you a libido and muscle density.
The rise in testosterone will decrease the production of estrogen. This decrease will give rise to menopausal symptoms, but not actually make you go through menopause. You will start to experience hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Thankfully there are vaginal moisturizers you can take for the dryness and eating a proper diet will help the hot flashes.
Transitioning from male-to-female is a different story though. You won’t have to deal with menopause, but you will have to deal with symptoms similar to a period. You won’t have to deal with the blood that comes with it, but the cramps and mood swings will occur.
Thankfully for transgender women menopause isn’t an event they have to deal with as long as they continue to take estrogen. If transgender women were to stop taking estrogen and received reassignment surgery, then symptoms can rise like mood swings and vaginal dryness. If they are only taking the hormones, it’s unlikely they will go through menopausal symptoms.
Transgender men, on the other hand, might have to deal with menopausal symptoms. It’s important to remember that everyone’s body is different. Just because it happened to one person, doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll happen to you as well.
Wesley Ryan is a health writer for Fusion 360, an SEO and content marketing agency. Information provided by Restore Femininity.