Feminizing Hormones

Feminizing Hormones include:






What are the emotional and intellectual effects of estrogen?

People are very different so their emotional and intellectual changes vary

widely. People taking estrogen have reported:

● feeling more emotional and more in touch with their feelings

● crying more easily; mood swings

● thinking differently, having different ways of looking at things

● feeling “more like myself” when taking a hormone that aligns with

gender identity; feeling more comfortable in one’s body

What estrogen does not do:

● change a person’s bone structure

● change a person’s height

● stop the growth of facial hair or eliminate a beard

● cause male pattern balding on the scalp to grow back

● raise the pitch of the voice to a higher level

● provide reliable birth control

What are the risks and side effects of taking estrogen?

● blood clots ― can result in stroke or even death

● weight gain

● breast lumps or cancer

● migraines

● increase in prolactin (hormone to produce breastmilk)

What are the risks and side effects of taking spironolactone?

● high potassium level in blood—can cause irregular heartbeat

● dehydration, fatigue

● low blood pressure