Can the HRT only effect specific parts of the body or does it just effect the whole body?I'm only trying to target specific areas.
Thanks for your question. Feminizing hormone therapy (FHT) can affect various parts of the body, but it primarily affects the whole body by using estrogen and anti-androgen medications.
The following physical changes are expected to occur: breast growth (variable), decreased erectile function, decreased testicular size, and increased body fat percentage compared to muscle mass. Therefore, while some changes may be more noticeable in certain body parts, such as breast development, FHT generally affects the whole body in promoting a more feminine appearance and function. However, it's worth noting that the effects of FHT can vary depending on the individual, the dosage, and the length of treatment.
Masculinizing hormone therapy, which typically involves the administration of testosterone or other androgens, can have specific and systemic effects on the body.
The effects of masculinizing hormone therapy can vary depending on the individual and their treatment goals. For example, the therapy may cause the growth of facial and body hair, a deepening of the voice, and an increase in muscle mass. It may also cause changes to the genitals, including clitoral enlargement and reduced vaginal lubrication.
At the same time, the systemic effects of masculinizing hormone therapy can affect the entire body. Testosterone, for example, can increase red blood cell count, alter cholesterol levels, and affect liver function.
Masculinizing hormone therapy will begin producing changes in your body within weeks to months.
Your timeline might look as follows:
Cessation of the menstrual cycle in 2-6 months.
Deepening of the voice in 3-12 months from vocal cords hypertrophy.
Facial and body hair growth in 3-6 months. The maximum effect will occur within three to five years.
Body fat redistribution. This will begin within three to six months. The maximum effect will occur within two to five years.
Clitoral enlargement and vaginal atrophy. This will begin three to twelve months after treatment. The maximum effect will occur within one to two years.
Increased muscle mass and strength in 6-12 months.
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Raj Singh MD