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    Hey guys, I realised that I'll start getting appointments at The Laurels whilst I'm in my first year of uni, and was wondering if anyone had any anecdotes (good or bad!) that might help me comprehend what it's going to be like?

    Also! I'm currently running a petition to get bridging hormone prescriptions more accessible through a GP: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/122488
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    Therapy might be easier. Many positive therapy stories out there
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    I don't think GPs would be qualified enough to prescribe hormone therapy.

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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    I don't think GPs would be qualified enough to prescribe hormone therapy.

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    Well, GPs currently prescribe other hormone therapies. It could potentially be lifesaving.

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    I don't get it - if you already feel like the other gender then why would you need to get hormones? I thought the whole point of being a transsexual was that you already feel the way that the other gender's hormones would make you feel, hence being transexual?
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    (Original post by Katty3)
    Well, GPs currently prescribe other hormone therapies. It could potentially be lifesaving.

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    I don't see how it would be lifesaving when it is not a life threatening condition.

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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    I don't get it - if you already feel like the other gender then why would you need to get hormones? I thought the whole point of being a transsexual was that you already feel the way that the other gender's hormones would make you feel, hence being transexual?
    Hormones cause physical changes within the body. The point of hormone therapy is to bring about these changes.

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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    I don't see how it would be lifesaving when it is not a life threatening condition.

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    Transgender people are at a greater risk of committing suicide. Being able to physically transition may prevent this for some people.

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    (Original post by Katty3)
    Transgender people are at a greater risk of committing suicide. Being able to physically transition may prevent this for some people.

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    Do you think GPs are experienced enough to undertake this kind of specialist care with their already busy schedules?

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    (Original post by Katty3)
    Hormones cause physical changes within the body. The point of hormone therapy is to bring about these changes.

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    what physical changes?
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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    what physical changes?
    Tits?

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    When somebody makes a thread on here asking for personal experience and it's about something like transitioning why do people feel the need to respond with their non-experience in order to ask questions that they could ask Google? Or worse, make comments that are backed up by zero education on the topic.

    OP - I hope someone comes along who can offer you advice/settle your mind who has actually been through the process.
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    Hey OP, you might get better responses if you ask for this to be moved to the health section, TSR users aren't known for being particularly helpful when it comes to trans stuff, and you tend to get the sort of responses like above.

    I'm not properly out to my uni, my year head knows but I'm still on a waiting list so it'll be a while till I'm in a position to get hormones.

    Good luck with your petition! (I can't remember if I've already signed it, I think I might have haha)
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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    whaaat? how big tits can a man grow? I thought you'd surely need plastic surgery for that? a person can do what they want with their body, I'm not saying they can't, I'm just saying that I think there are limits to hormones - maybe I'm wrong though
    Seriously, do you not see a problem in discussing this kind of thing where a person has specifically asked for advice from people in their position? When you ask for advice you shouldn't have random people discussing the medical intricacies of what you're going through. If you have questions I'm sure people would be more than willing to answer them, but make your own thread for it. Hormones are responsible for body hair and contribute to things like muscle growth. If you need any more info Google is right there.
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    (Original post by mscaffrey)
    Seriously, do you not see a problem in discussing this kind of thing where a person has specifically asked for advice from people in their position? When you ask for advice you shouldn't have random people discussing the medical intricacies of what you're going through. If you have questions I'm sure people would be more than willing to answer them, but make your own thread for it. Hormones are responsible for body hair and contribute to things like muscle growth. If you need any more info Google is right there.
    They rolled two threads into one. One asking for experiences and the other about GPs.

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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    They rolled two threads into one. One asking for experiences and the other about GPs.

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    I still don't get why that involves talking about the point of hormones and what they can do.
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    (Original post by mscaffrey)
    I still don't get why that involves talking about the point of hormones and what they can do.
    Go and read through the thread to understand the development of conversation then.
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    Go and read through the thread to understand the development of conversation then.
    I did that before posting my first reply. It started like this:
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    I don't get it - if you already feel like the other gender then why would you need to get hormones? I thought the whole point of being a transsexual was that you already feel the way that the other gender's hormones would make you feel, hence being transexual?
    Imagine any other condition that was being treated medically. I don't think many people would start a conversation asking why exactly someone needed the medication that they had been approved to take (based on a doctor's decision and general medical guidelines). When you're asked 'why, why, why?' it's not only unwelcoming (this post was put on a thread that had no helpful or relevant replies already) but it has the potential to make people feel like experiments or responsible for other people's education when they are neither.

    Even if that post was put on the GP petition thread I still don't get why that was seen as the right place to be asking why the treatment is necessary. It's like somebody petitioning for insulin to be available a certain way and people asking why insulin is even needed for a diabetic.
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    (Original post by mscaffrey)
    I did that before posting my first reply. It started like this

    Imagine any other condition that was being treated medically. I don't think many people would start a conversation asking why exactly someone needed the medication that they had been approved to take (based on a doctor's decision and general medical guidelines). When you're asked 'why, why, why?' it's not only unwelcoming (this post was put on a thread that had no helpful or relevant replies already) but it has the potential to make people feel like experiments or responsible for other people's education when they are neither.

    Even if that post was put on the GP petition thread I still don't get why that was seen as the right place to be asking why the treatment is necessary. It's like somebody petitioning for insulin to be available a certain way and people asking why insulin is even needed for a diabetic.
    He wasn't questioning something that had been prescribed, he was questioning why they would be prescribed. Although a fair comment, probably not the time to make it.

    Hormone therapy is not comparable to insulin in any way. Hormone therapy is not necessary for survival, many people live years without it and must wait for it. Insulin is quite literally a life line and without it even for mere hours the patient could die or become comatosed. Don't even try and compare them.
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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    I don't get it - if you already feel like the other gender then why would you need to get hormones? I thought the whole point of being a transsexual was that you already feel the way that the other gender's hormones would make you feel, hence being transexual?
    Believe me this really isn't the case. I get really bad gender dysphoria sometimes, and it feels like a stab in the gut whenever somebody refers to me with my birth name or gender. Hormones would give me a more masculine appearance, voice, and a whole ton of other things
 
 
 
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