In 1995 at age 40, my marriage of 14 years was on the rocks. My wife and three children were afraid of me because of my semi-violent temper. I had never struck any of them or beat them, but I yelled a lot and threw horrible temper tantrums. Eventually, I was relegated to the basement for months at a time. According to my wife, it was either that or move out of the house. I loved my children, though, and chose the basement instead of being alone (and broke).
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.
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.
A quick lesson on hormones is in order here. Both men and women have both testosterone (the primary male hormone) and estrogen (the primary female hormone). Men have more testosterone, however, due to the testicles and women have more estrogen due to the ovaries. But the key is that both sexes produce the natural hormones for both men and women.
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?
PLEASE!! No experiments – meet your Doctor!! Sabine
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The reason I chose this one was because of the raw glandular powders which seemed to be a missing compound for me.
Here are some of the drugs and herbal combinations that I have taken and my personal observations of their results.
Herbal feminization PLEASE!! No experiments – meet your Doctor!! Sabine MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH HERBAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY Disclaimer: This information is given for
Taking pharmaceutical hormones, prescribed by a doctor for those with a “gender identity disorder” diagnosis, can lead to significant, sometimes permanent body changes. Even for people who really want those changes, it’s an unsettling proposition in an environment where data and expertise are scarce, so it isn’t surprising that some trans people would seek out alternatives. In the forums for My Evanesce, a website for feminizing herbal extracts, anonymous users identified themselves as being from a wide range of ages and at varying states of transition and shared their stories of trying to navigate their medical care.
Bodies produce varying amounts of sex hormones based on sex at birth (male, female, or intersex) as well as our lifestyles, diets, medications, and stress levels. And, how hormones affect us is also influenced by how our cells receive them: Hormones send targeted messages, and these signals are picked up only by cells with the right receptors. All in all, the endocrine system is dynamic, with no two bodies producing and receiving exactly the same amount of hormones in exactly the same way, and there’s a lot that scientists still don’t understand.
Rae Swersey is one of a growing number of herbalists specializing in herbal support for transgender people.
That didn’t happen (not a bit), but Rae Swersey, a trans herbalist in Asheville, North Carolina, says the story is familiar. “People come to me often and ask to talk about hormones. The main question people ask me is, ‘oh, can I just take plants instead of pharmaceuticals?’” The answer is a bit more complex than a simple yes or no.
There’s also a dearth of research on transgender people and hormones. Even though trans people have been accessing pharmaceutical hormones for at least 50 years (albeit not always easily), the effects of hormones on our bodies — especially long term — are not well understood. Bone health, cardiovascular outcome, and cancer risk for trans people taking hormones all need more study, said Dr. Eric Klett, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at University of North Carolina, who works with trans patients as an endocrinologist. “The biggest gap is the long-term effects,” he said. “Most of the data is extrapolated from the cisgender population.”
I was a young transsexual not on any pharmaceutical hormones, and my immediate response was, “Great! Something I can do on my own without going to a scary doctor and having my gender scrutinized!”
Herbs can stimulate hormone receptors, or they can stimulate hormone production, said Vilde Chaya, a computer programmer-turned-herbalist with StoneFruit Community Herbalists in Pittsburgh. Soy and vitex or chasteberry is thought to affect estrogen receptors; ashwaganda is among many plants that have been used to stimulate testosterone in male-assigned bodies. She says there are also herbs that seem to affect hormones somehow, but the mechanism is unclear: licorice, peony, and spearmint all fall into that category. In all of these cases, however, no scientific studies have been conducted to demonstrate that the herbs produce clear, consistent hormonal effects in human bodies. And evidence of herb-hormone interactions for trans people is entirely anecdotal.
It’s impossible to know how many trans people are turning to herbs, but it’s easy to see how some would take to the internet and search things like “herbal testosterone” and “herbal estrogen” which turn up questionable results such as “Proven Herbs for Boosting Testosterone Levels” and “Herbs that Raise Estrogen Levels.” The prices for a so-called “herbal transition” aren’t necessarily lower; costs for both herbal remedies and medical treatment vary widely, and both can easily exceed $100 a month. But the temptation for trans people to indulge this little cottage industry is real. And as a woodsy transsexual myself, I’m tempted to believe.
Swersey had promised to take me on a plant walk in the forest, which was glowing with autumn mountain brightness. They were in their element, quickly hopping down to a squat to show me turkey tail mushrooms growing off a rotting log. The little fungi were soft to the touch. As they showed me plants that might be used to make herbal tinctures — turkey tail for immunity tonics, usnea for healing infections — I asked the big question: Herbal transition. “That’s not real, right?”
Can herbal hormone therapy help the transgender community?