Q:Hey guys, do you know anything about T and hairloss? I've been on testosterone for just barely two years, and I've noticed my hair thinning quite a bit as of late. I was figuring I'd have to deal with this later on down the line, but 2 years seems really soon. I'll be talking to my doctor about it, but I was wondering if you had an advice.
Zak: Unfortunately it doesn’t take some people very look on testosterone to start experiencing hair loss. It really depends on genetics more than anything else (we have a post that briefly explains this). Discussing it with your doctor is a good idea, but for the most part hair thinning and hair loss on testosterone is pretty normal even only 2 years on T.
Q:I am just starting the transition ftm and I don't really want to remove my earrings but I have a ton. 14 on one ear and 15 on the other. Don't know any guys with that many. Would it be best if I remove some? How many is acceptable to have?
Zak: Personally, I think if you like your earrings than you should keep them in. I’ve seen men with all sorts of body jewelry, but it really seems to depend on the guy’s style. If you dress in a way that corresponds with having a lot of body jewelry and it looks at home on you than it shouldn’t make too much of a difference later down the road. Honestly, yeah, it might make a difference with being read as male early on when people are grasping at straws to figure out your gender. However, it’s up to you what you want to change and what you’re not okay with changing.
Q:So, I just came out to my father a couple of weeks ago as being genderfluid, and he was pretty okay with it. His only request was that I wait until I'm older to do anything drastic such as look into hormone therapy or anything of the sort (Understandable, since I'm 15). However, I absolutely hate - and I mean HATE - having to menstruate every month. It just feels so WRONG, like I'm lying to myself. Is there anything I can do in order to make my menstruation cycle shorter, or stop it completely?
Zak: YES, luckily there is definitely something you can do about that. Birth control is great for helping manage periods, and you can easily limit your periods using the pill. Here’s more info about that, though a warning that it is pretty explicitly directed toward women. Even if you don’t use hormonal birth control to stop your periods, it often will make them more predicable/regular, lighter, and sorter. Other than estrogen blockers, which are pretty expensive (though would likely meet your dad’s criteria as they don’t cause anything irreversible), that’s pretty much all I can think of. Some people find different ways of dealing with menstruation that can help (we have a couple of suggestions here) but I don’t think any would rival actually stopping your periods.
Jayce Marcus is suing George Fox University in Oregon after the school denied him housing on the basis of his gender identity.
Marcus, a trans man, applied to live in one of the Christian university’s on-campus male residences. He received a letter from the dean of community life saying that his request was denied; the school is in the process of implementing a policy that requires students be assigned housing based on their sex assigned at birth, based on the school’s “theological and philosophical statement.”
George Fox University did offer Marcus a conditional one-year waiver from the school’s off-campus housing regulations. He was originally offered the ability to live off campus with other men provided that the school ensured that his potential roommates were briefed on Jayce’s trans history, and that he legally changed his name and gender on his driver’s license, Social Security card, and birth certificate by June 1.
Because Marcus was born in Tennessee, a state that prohibits a change of gender on birth certificates, he would not be able to comply with those restrictions. The school agreed to remove that requirement. At a later date, the school also offered Marcus the option to stay in a single dorm room on-campus, though that generated concerns that isolation from the rest of the student body would be a form of discrimination in itself.
This isn’t even a case of a school not knowing how to respond to a trans student — this school has recognized that trans students exist and is actively taking steps to discriminate against them. Please, administrators, tell me more about your school’s supposed morality.
Q:Do you guys have any advice/experience regarding STP's?
This is a post outlining all of our advice on STPs :)
Other grand marshals include Ross Mathews and Janet Mock.
Q:How long can I be on T and still be able to stop to have eggs retrieved + frozen?
Zak: This is an interesting question. I’ve asked doctors and gotten mixed answers, so I’d guess the real answer is “it depends.” My doctor said that if I want a firm answer, I should discuss my case with a fertility expert, so I’d recommend the same for you.
Q:about a month ago, I had to bind for a whole week straight. since then, I've had this sharp pain near my right shoulder blade, not on the bone or anything, but the muscle surrounding it. it really hurts when I sit for a long time or when I'm exercising, and there's really not much I can do to make it go away. I'm not comfortable disclosing such information with my doctor (nor to my parents, since they would have to take me), but do you think I should get it checked out?
Zak: I always advise for people to get things checked out with a doctor just in case. I understand not feeling comfortable discussing this with a doctor, and you might want to bring it up in a way that would make you feel more comfortable (I was wearing something very tight around this area and now my shoulder hurts, did I pull a muscle or pinch a nerve?). That said, this sounds like one of the more common binding injuries. I’d recommend taking a break from binding, at the very least, to give your shoulder a chance to heal. I’m not a medical professional, though, that’s simply what I did whenever I had binding injuries.