November 24, 2013

HRT Week One: All’s Quiet


Since this is a journal of transition, it only makes sense that I might keep some sort of log of the changes and effects of HRT. I expect to do this on Sundays, as I started on a Monday and so Sundays break nicely into weeks.

The first week of HRT has been rather underwhelming. This isn’t unexpected; every resource out there says that it takes 1-3 months for the first real changes to become noticeable. Sure, I was wishing for magic boob pills. Don’t we all? But right now I have to settle for just taking lots and lots of pills for the next Forever or so.

I have noticed a rather immediate drop in energy, especially in the second half of the day. This is likely due to the spironolactone starting its testosterone-blocking function. Less T means less energy, at least until my body gets used to the shift. Also, I was warned that the progesterone could give me spells of drowsiness or wooziness after taking a dose, which is why the doctor has me taking it at night. And yes, I’ve been having trouble keeping late nights; I usually don’t make it to bed until about midnight, but I haven’t seemed to be able to stay awake past 11 pm this week.

Mental changes are harder to quantify, of course. I have been in a good mood this week, generally, and I have felt a little less on edge; but that could all be psychosomatic or due to things completely unrelated to HRT. Only time will tell.

That’s it, really. Not a lot to report. Patience is a virtue, and I have to have it. So move along. Nothing to see here, you lookie loos.

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