OK. I have now had a chance to look at the results in more detail and…those who know me will know i tend to look on the positive side whenever i can.
The oestrogen is doing very nicely. Actually double what it was before i started the hormone treatment and right at the top of its range. And there are other rather noticeable side-effects, for which i am daily grateful.
So on the whole, a result.
Now here’s where it starts getting techy and may be more interesting to the biochemists – and anyone else transitioning.
A friend, who has been through this all a long time ago, suggests i might need to ask about an increased HRT dose and a GnRH analogue. Huh?
Well: i’ve googled the latter, and it seems to be fairly heavy stuff. Also comes with a health warning about side-effects. So first question to anyone who has tried it is: what does it do and is it worth it?
Second up, which also sounds fairly positive, is that Finasteride, which i understood to be an anti-androgen is not exactly that. Rather, it blocks some specific precursor chemicals: therefore i am not technically taking an anti-androgen and should just ask for one.
No wonder, therefore, that my testosterone levels appear to be stuck!
Again, any thoughts from those who have trodden this path before would be very welcome.
How strange. Before i began to transition, i would read posts from others with just these sort of techy questions and think: surely you don’t need to know all that. And now here i am, as bad – or as good – as they.
Things change. Always.