WHAT IS HRT FOR GENDER REAFFIRMATION TREATMENT?
Transitioning from one gender to another has just as many social aspects as it does medical. This process can take years to complete as your body steadily adjusts to the physical and hormonal changes that come with transitioning to a different gender and way of life. At HEALOR Primary Care in Las Vegas, NV, our compassionate and experienced physicians utilize hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help patients begin their medical gender reaffirmation journey. Although many patients are often eager to see immediate changes, a safe and realistic approach requires several years of hormone management and specialized care. Our team is always available to provide you with any information you need and help you understand every step of this life-changing process. Your medications, genetics, and overall health can affect the way your body reacts to hormone therapy so we will make the best recommendations to ensure that you make a successful transition.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HRT FOR GENDER REAFFIRMATION?
Gender-reaffirming hormone replacement therapy administered at HEALOR Primary Care in Las Vegas, NV is associated with the following benefits:
Safe and effective treatments
May be given in injections, pills, or creams
Specialized care for your unique situation
Treats gender dysphoria
Helps you present as your desired gender
Assists you in achieving your sought-after appearance
Increases confidence and day-to-day well-being
Our team will help you monitor any side effects or risks
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
You may be a candidate for HRT if you are experiencing gender dysphoria (unhappiness, discontentment, or disassociation with the gender you were assigned at birth) or have a desire to transition from one gender to another. To determine if hormone replacement therapy is the right choice for your body and lifestyle, you will need to attend a consultation with one of our primary care doctors. During this appointment, we may run blood work to assess your starting hormone levels, ask about your medical past, and figure out which path for treatment is ideal for you. Our team understands that choosing to undergo hormone treatment is a huge turning point in the lives of every trans person, and we're here to make your journey as easy, comfortable, and safe as possible.
HOW DOES HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY WORK?
Hormone replacement therapy for patients wishing to transition is different for trans men and trans women. While trans men receive hormone treatment with testosterone to produce more masculine characteristics, trans women are given estrogen and sometimes progesterone to create more feminine features. Figuring out the appropriate dosage can take months of trial and error as our physicians try to figure out the lowest amount of hormones to progress along your journey effectively.
Contrary to popular belief, relatively small doses of estrogen or testosterone can actually have the best impact on your transition. Taking higher doses does not necessarily mean that the desired changes will occur quickly; in fact, taking an unnecessarily high dose could even harm your health. After receiving surgery to address the sexual organs, your hormone dosage should be lowered. Estrogen and testosterone for transgender patients can be administered via injections, pills, or topically.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
It's important for patients seeking gender reaffirmation to keep in mind that changes should occur gradually over time instead of rapidly. Taking the lowest dose possible to see results is the best thing to do in the long run to guarantee a safe and effective treatment. However, many patients report seeing desirable changes in their physical appearance after six months to one year. When individuals begin hormone therapy, it affects more than just their physical appearance; people will also experience changes with their reproductive system, sex drive, and emotions. HRT for trans men and trans women is carefully monitored by our Las Vegas, NV physicians to ensure your health is optimized throughout the process.
HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FAQ
What blood test do we require before performing bioidentical hormone therapy?
We perform a comprehensive blood panel to ensure we provide the best hormone levels for your needs. This will also give us a baseline to determine if your levels need adjustment throughout your bioidentical hormone therapy.
How long does it take for feminizing hormone or masculinizing hormone therapy to work?
It mainly depends on your body. For most patients, it takes 18 – 24 months to see overall results. During this time, we will provide support and careful monitoring to ensure you remain safe and healthy.
What happens after the first week of inserting the pellet?
During the first week, you should avoid doing lower body workouts, swimming in pools, relaxing in hot tubs, and using the bathtub to rinse (showers are allowed). Our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure the pellet remains in the proper place.
FIND YOUR TRUE SELF WITH HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Our team is proud to support individuals of every gender identity and sexuality, and we can use our medical expertise to help patients transition into the life they've always imagined using safe and carefully monitored hormone therapy. If you're experiencing gender dysphoria and are ready to take a huge step in transforming your life, please contact HEALOR Primary Care in Las Vegas, NV. Our highly trained and compassionate physicians are here to help you make the best decisions for your health, body, and mind.