HRT Problems

I haven’t posted much about it because I thought it was a super temporary situation. When I first started on hormones back in April 2018 my numbers for estrogen started to rise, while my testosterone started to fall. This was great.

In August the test came back even better, wasn’t 100% but it was obviously climbing. My doctor said take a few months and then come back to get tested again. Well life got busy and a few months became 5 months, and by that time I knew my orchiectomy was coming in two months so I just put it off, since life was already so busy.

Fast forward to a week before my bilateral orchiectomy. I am in the pre-op appointment for it and no one asked for me to take a lab for my HRT numbers. I thought that was weird so I asked to get them done on my own, I wanted a baseline.

Turns out that at some point in time my estrogen had dropped below my starting point and my testosterone had shot up 30% higher then it was BEFORE I started transitioning, when I was presenting as full male. This would explain why my changes had seemed to plateau. I was a bit freaked to be honest, but I knew the next week I would have my orchiectomy and my testosterone would be gone, and my estrogen would go up.

That was four weeks ago, so yesterday I took my first HRT blood test since my orchie, with four weeks under the lack of testicles and I had some good news, and some bad news. My testosterone has dropped down to a blip where it should be. The bad news is my estrogen has dropped down even further, nowhere where it needs to be.

Fortunately my hubby has been here, putting up with my freaking out at finding this out. There has been some changes from my orchiectomy, but I am assuming that is probably from my testosterone dropping then from my estrogen helping as much as I would like.

This is evidently not a super rare problem though. I have still been pukey, even without being on spiro so that could be effecting it (although I go out of my way not to eat hours before or after the estrogen so I don’t puke during that time period. The other thing is I have always had a weird liver test and my family are super resistant to most drugs. Stupid genetics.

So I sent a message in to my doctor and asked about either sublingual tablets to avoid being processed in my gut, or injections. I am willing to do either and I have heard of good stories where this problem was easily fixed by that. Of course this all happens on a Friday night so I have to wait all weekend, but such is life.

Hopefully Monday I will get a call from my doc that she updated my prescription, until then I will just go over here and sit and cry in a corner…

Bilateral Orchiectomy Quick Update

I have been away from the site for awhile now. I had to work far enough ahead to take a week off for my surgery, and the surgery itself meant I wasn’t able to really post much. I got some upsetting test results right before my surgery and that also did some disrupting.

This is just to let you know though, that last Friday I got my bilateral inguinal orchiectomy, resulting in the removal of both of my testicles and the removal of the spermatic cord. I am alive and well now, although still healing five days later.

The post-surgery smile and crackers proving I live.

I will be back to posting soon, hopefully tomorrow, where I will pick back up with the rest of the trip for my FFS surgery back in April. Thank you for being patient, I appreciate it.

Unexpected Changes

Before I go any further I need to put a disclaimer. This post is about genital stuff, mostly about changes, some of which are unexpected. I feel the need to write about it because that is the purpose of me blogging about my transition, all the details of it. However, if you are squeamish or don’t want to know about medical aspects of my genital transition then don’t read any further, I will even put a cut here for you.

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