I went back to the doctor with a strange request. I told him that I wanted to REDUCE my sex drive. Most of the fights with my wife, I told him, were because of my high sex drive. If I could reduce my libido, I reasoned, maybe we could work things out and I could save my marriage. I had done some research on the Internet and found a drug called Depo-Provara which was used to “chemically castrate” sexually-violent criminals. The dosages were usually 200 mg and given by injection. Was there something in a lower dosage that might do the same job, I asked him?
Disclaimer: This information is given for general purposes only and is not warranted or guaranteed or construed as medical advice. These are my personal observations only. It is highly recommended that anyone engaging in taking these products be fully advised of their effects and side effects and be under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner.
The Provara has worked wonders. First of all, in conjunction with the Effexor, my temper is under control and the Provara has reduced my sex drive to a manageable level. I have trouble with performance (gaining and/or maintaining an erection or orgasming) at times, but my wife is very understanding about that. I would admonish you that you should have your wife’s permission for engaging in this type of herbal hormone treatment. It would be unfair to her to deprive her of your sexual performance unless it is mutually agreeable.
I have always enjoyed crossdressing and transgender fantasies, so this result became a new erotic thrill. I started doing more research on the Internet and adding various herbal combinations to my daily pill regimen. As I did, the feminizing effects started to become more noticeable. My breasts now fill a B-cup bra if I choose the right one. My hips are more rounded so panties fit me better than they used to. I am now able to dress more femininely and could pass.
After reading my printouts from the Internet and consulting his drug encyclopedia, he agreed to letting me try it. He prescribed 10 mg per day of Provara, which was about the dosage the women are given as part of hormone replacement therapy. Within a couple months, I had settled on 20 mg per day and have kept that up now for over a year.
One of the effects that I did not anticipate of the Provara was the feminizing effects. Although not noticeable for a few months, my breasts started to enlarge and I started to gain a little weight in my hips. Provara works by reducing the testosterone levels in the body, thereby allowing the body’s estrogen level to increase in proportion to the testosterone. The reduction of the levels of testosterone is the reason for a reduced libido in men. Although the level of estrogen in my body did not increase, the proportion of estrogen increased, generating the feminizing effects.
Effexor, $65 per 60 75mg tablets. 2 per day (for 150mg/day). By prescription only. Not required for feminization but I used it to control my temper and relieve the effects of depression.
Thiamin HCL (Vitamin B1), 2 mg; Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 2 mg; Niacin (Vitamin B3), 10 mg; Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL), 10 mg; Pantothenic Acid, 10 mg; Magnesium (as Oxide), 500 mg; Selenium, 25 mcg; Manganese, 2 mg
Additional Ingredients: Dong Quai root, 200 mg
Raw glandular powders from bovine sources: Mammary, 25 mg; Ovary, 19 mg; Uterus, 10 mg; Adrenal, 10 mg; Pituitary, 5 mg
Also: Boron, 3 mg
plus binders, disintegrants, and lubricants.
Cycrin, generic brand of Provara. $16 per 60 10mg tablets. Dosage 2 per day (for 20mg/day). By prescription only. This has been the most important drug in my regimen. By reducing my testosterone level, it allowed the estrogen in my body to begin its work.
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For gender affirming transition, herbs can be used alone to create very mild ‘energetic’ effects or to support the body to counteract any side effects of synthetic hormones. Note: Most herbs are unlikely to have a significant effect without any other transition methods. If you are looking for physical effects, prescription hormones are the safest way to make that happen. The dosages you would need to take of herbs in order to get a physical effect can be dangerous.
Note: DON’T combine synthetic hormones with St. John’s wort /Guan Ye Lian Qiao, it changes the way that medications are metabolized. It also encourages bleeding, so avoid before surgery too!
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- Rhodeola Rosea is a controversial herb, however, the most informative sources I’ve found say that it increases estrogen levels unless they are already unnaturally high (such as when taking estradiol), in which case it decreases them. Overall this is a strong herb that should be used with caution and medical supervision.
- If you have had estrogen sensitive breast cancer, bleeding disorders, diabetes, or take acetazolamide, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, anti-anxiety agents, antibiotics, anticancer agents, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, antivirals, COMT inhibitors, drugs that affect the cardiovascular system or the immune system, P-glycoprotein-regulated agents, sedatives, theophylline, or stimulants, you should use caution or avoid this herb.
- Maca is known for its effects of creating curves. It is also known for its aphrodisiac effects, and can increase erectile capacity and sperm counts, which may be a positive or negative thing for you depending on your goals. It also boosts the immune system and helps combat osteoporosis (which can be a side effect of taking spironolactone). Also available in a women’s libido blend.
- Chaste tree berry/Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) can increase breast size by stimulating the development of milk ducts. It can therefore have a side effect of causing lactation.
- Black cohosh/Sheng Ma (Cimicifuga racemosa) contains several compounds in its root (aceteine, formononetin, and triterpenes) that, though not estrogenic themselves, create similar effects to estrogen and can increase breast size. It decreases LH and increases estrogen in relation to progesterone [opposite of Vitex] (Wright & Morgenthaler). Only use this herb under supervision of an herbalist as it is easy to take dangerous amounts.
- Fenugreek/Hu Lu Ba (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds contain a compound (diosgenin) that promotes breast tissue growth. Sprouted seeds contain much more diosgenin than the unsprouted seeds, so breast enlargement is more noticeable if you sprout the seeds first. Fennel works in much the same way.
- Hopshave 0.2-20% the potency of estradiol
- False Unicorn (used during menopause for estrogen replacement)
- Licorice (somewhat anti-androgenic and mimicks estrogen). Licorice also notably counteracts side effects of spironolactone (the most common anti-androgen used in the U.S.) like low blood pressure, gastic upsets, fatigue, dehydration, and frequent urination.
- Other herbs with limited research:
- Pennyroyal (never take the oil internally!)
- Goats Rue (promotes lactation)
- Red Clover/Hsun Tsao
- Partridge Berry
- Raspberry Leaf
- Mugwort/Ai Ye
- Yarrow (encourages progesterone)
- Cramp bark (mildly estrogenic)
- Turmeric (mildly estrogenic)
- Evening Primrose
- Pau D’Arco
- Phytoestrogen Herbal from Vitanica
- My Evanesce has several herbal blends, most of which have many unnecessary added ingredients, but their Feminol product has a more useful blend of dong quai, black cohosh, chaste tree, white kwao krua, fennel, fenugreek, licorice, kudzu, sarsaparilla, boron, plus b6, d3, and b12. They recommend taking all of their formulations at once which is not only completely unnecessary as they mostly contain the same ingredients but also could lead to dangerous dosages of the herbs. Do not do this and do your own research!
- “HRT Companion” formula (formulated for side effects of synthetic hormones)
This is a follow-up post to “The Basics.” Also see the transmasculine post here.
Estrogenic, Progesterogenic, and Anti-Androgenic Herbs:
Vitex (Vitex agnus) is a hormone normalizer that works with the pituitary gland and increases LH and reduces FSH secretion, which increases progesterone relative to estrogen and testosterone (Wright & Morgenthaler, Natural Hormone Replacement). This helps it regulate emotions, prevent acne, hormonal edema and bloating, and it can help you transition onto and off of synthetic hormones, as well as stabilize fluctuations in hormones while taking hormones.
All information in this blog is for educational uses only. Always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements, or changing or discontinuing your medications .
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Natural herbal remedies to increase estrogen and progesterone and block testosterone. Helps with breast grown and feminization.