I’m having transgender periods. Now that I’ve got that Daily Mail sub-headline out of the way – I’ve been cycling progesterone for two months now as a part of my hormone regime. I’m just in my third cycle and wanted to share my experiences:
Disclaimer: I am not advising you to take any medicine that your doctor has not prescribed. Hormones, when used incorrectly can kill you. It's that simple. I am merely sharing my experiences mostly for my own posterity and a little for the few interested people that read this blog.
Why use it?
This post isn’t supposed to be an in depth analysis of the risks and pros and cons (I may write that another time), but I’ll share a few of my reasons for incorporating it.
Progesterone is the female sex hormone responsible for readying the body to carry a baby. It is present throughout pregnancy but is also a significant part of the menstrual cycle. There is evidence that final development of the breast tissue that makes them potentially functional is caused by progesterone.
Progesterone is a controversial component of HRT because there is a lot of medical dogma based on old medical studies done on the use of a synthetic progestin called hydroxprogesterone on cis women. This cousin of progesterone has horrible side effects and risks (including increased risk of breast cancer).
There has been no study conducted on the effects of natural progesterone on the development of transgender women, so there is just a lot of opinions whirling around.
However there is a growing community of trans women that advocate the use of natural bio-identical progesterone because, unlike it’s artificial cousin, it can actually decrease the risks associated with long term HRT (such as breast cancer). There is anecdotal evidence of it helping to help with breast development and general curviness (bum – I’m looking at you here). Finally it is a part of the female endocrine system, it is meant to work in concert with estrogen and arguably the effects that it causes are a part of the female experience.
What am I taking?
I am taking Prometrium in capsule form, which is micronised natural progesterone. I’ll not share the exact dosage as I haven’t yet resolved my position on advising people on medication and the ethical pros and cons.
There are two approaches some people take it continually and others cycle it. There are pros and cons to either approach. I cycle it because I think this reflects the natural female cycle most closely and I think much of the feminising effects that people speak if is actually related to cycling it.
I do three days at a lower dose, four days at a higher dose, another three days on the low dose again, then take 18 days off it to complete a 28 day cycle.
I may, in the future, switch to injectable progesterone as that is obviously more effective in that it doesn’t have to pass through the digestive system and doesn’t strain the liver in the same way.
So what results have I experienced?
Continue reading “Six effects I experienced when cycling progesterone”