1. Anonymous asked:

    I was wondering, I have a really bad fear of needles and I want to go on T, so I'm wondering if you have to get a blood test for androgel

    Zak: Yeah, you still need regular bloodwork in order to make sure your hormones are at healthy levels and that your red blood cell count, cholesterol, etc all remain in good ranges. It’s very important to have a doctor monitoring your blood. I’ve personally had to have my dose adjusted due to a potential health problem discovered during a regular blood draw.

    I understand being afraid of needles, I’m TERRIFIED and having an upcoming blood draw can ruin my week. It’s tough to work on that anxiety, but honestly it does get better as time goes on (this is a real thing that happens- desensitization with continued exposure). Breathing exercises have helped me calm down (take longer breathing out than breathing in, this naturally relaxes your body), as well as doing little things to help myself feel in control (for instance, reminding myself that I don’t have to do the blood draw now, I could come back tomorrow, but I’ll feel better if I get it get it over with). If you find yourself experiencing a lot of anxiety beforehand, try to distract yourself and remind yourself that nothing bad is happening at the moment and so there’s no reason to worry.

    These aren’t perfect solutions, I do all of the above and I still have a tough time with my anxiety about needles. I’ve found that it gets easier over time and that for me it is worth it in order to be on testosterone and monitor my health. In the grand scheme of things there are relatively few needles involved if you go on the gel (or patch, cream, etc). If your doctor is anything like mine was, you’ll start off getting blood drawn every three months, then every six months, then once a year after you’ve had several times of normal results, your dose has been adjusted, and you’ve been on T for awhile. This depends in your doctor, though. My new doctor requires bloodwork from me every six months, but I’ve also had abnormal results in the past so it might be that it’s because of that. You’ll have to talk to your doctor about this to see what they’ll require.

    Long story short, yeah, you’ll need to get blood drawn with any form of testosterone you choose (at least with every doctor I’ve heard of, and you should anyway for health reasons).

  2. fairysharkmother:

Hey peeps! 
A good way to lower stress and improve your overall health is to get back in tune with yourself and the space around you.
For example gardening is proven to lower your blood pressure and reduce other health risks. As they say “A little sun shine never hurt anyone”. Being in the sun (of course make sure you are wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated) helps give you Vitamin D!
So why not share some ways to help people get more in tune and have a little fun in the process.
So below I have listed some things that may help! Enjoy!
Gardening tips:
How to make a window box
Tutorial on how to pain/decorate some flowerpots
10 easy starter veggies to grow (for beginners)
10 easy starter flowers to grow (for beginners)
Good tips on how to grow herbs/seasonings 
Things to simulate outdoors: 
Some things to use in case you live in a city and don’t have as much nature around you
Nature playlist
How to bring the outdoors in (interior decorating idea)
All natural self care DIY’s:
Natural Hair Deep Conditioner / Protein Treatment for Damaged Hair
1 Minute DIY face mask
DIY: Natural Moisturizing, Scented & Colored Bath Bombs (the natural smells can help you relax. Also add in fresh herbs.
Cool activities you can do outside by yourself or with a friend:
Outdoor activities ranging from relaxing all the way to Adventurous (so do what feels fight for you!)
50 summer activities checklist 
Easy ways for you and others to enjoy nature
Hope that helps! xoxo
-Hermit Sam

Self care is important! Stuff like this can really help with taking your mind off of dysphoria! 

    fairysharkmother:

    Hey peeps! 

    A good way to lower stress and improve your overall health is to get back in tune with yourself and the space around you.

    For example gardening is proven to lower your blood pressure and reduce other health risks. As they say “A little sun shine never hurt anyone”. Being in the sun (of course make sure you are wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated) helps give you Vitamin D!

    So why not share some ways to help people get more in tune and have a little fun in the process.

    So below I have listed some things that may help! Enjoy!

    Gardening tips:

    Things to simulate outdoors: 

    Some things to use in case you live in a city and don’t have as much nature around you

    All natural self care DIY’s:

    Cool activities you can do outside by yourself or with a friend:

    Hope that helps! xoxo

    -Hermit Sam

    Self care is important! Stuff like this can really help with taking your mind off of dysphoria! 

  3. Anonymous asked:

    I've heard that T can cause acne. Does it tend to go away after several years on T, or does it stick around forever? Also, I already have acne - in fact, STILL have acne even though I'm 26. Will T make my acne worse? Will I ever NOT have acne?

    Adrian: Most of the time your acne will settle down with time. I also had moderate acne before testosterone, and increased acne my first 3ish years on hormones and now I’m virtually acne-free. We’ve written quite a few articles about this topic that I’ll link to below:

    If you already have moderate acne before T, will you be more prone to worse acne on T?

    Any advice on face acne? Mine is out of control. I’ve been on T for 24 weeks, does it ever calm down? Help! :/

    How to Take Care of Your Skin for the Transitional Male

    10 Things Your Dermatologist Should Have Told You

    Tips for Trans Men | Tip #36: How to Deal with Acne

    Be proactive about your skin, figure out what kind of washes/scrubs work best. Go to a dermatologist if you can, even your general practitioner can prescribe you these medications. There have been recent developments as to what kind of acne medications can be sold over the counter and which ones need a prescription and more and more you can just pick up these things at your local big box or beauty department. I was always told to wait a season before making up your mind about your regimen, because your face is about a season behind (for example, in the fall your face will be recovering from all of the sweat/lotion/sun that you had on it during the summer). Be patient, but don’t be afraid to try new things. Anyone have a specific regimen that works well for them? Any other tips or tricks?

    Other articles about dealing with acne:

    10 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Deal With Acne 

    Ten Tips for Dealing with Face Acne

    How to Deal with Bad Acne (With Pictures!)

  4. Anonymous asked:

    Hey. I just came out to my mom and she is taking it pretty well. Mainly she just wants to become better educated on being transgender. How can I convince her to let me enter my new school as male? She doesn't really think its a good idea. But I really don't think I can wait three more years to live as male.

    Zak: You may or may not be able to convince her. However, the best thing to do (in my opinion) is to have a conversation with her about her concerns and address them. Is she afraid that you will be bullied or hurt if you’re outed or “found out”? That the school won’t accept you? That it will be awkward for her as a parent? There are a lot of reasons why she might be uncomfortable with the idea, and if you’re able to get her to explain exactly why she feels that way than you’ll have a better idea of what to say to her in order to ease those concerns.

    You may not be able to ease her concerns, though, especially if she’s worried about your safety. A lot of times this really comes down to your physical safety versus your mental and emotional health and well-being. All you can really do at a certain point is share with her how you feel and try to ease her concerns about your safety as much as you can. It might be helpful for her to contact the school counselor or principal and see if they have any advice for keeping you physically safe while allowing you to enter school as male. 

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  6. Anonymous asked:

    i'm trans guy who isnt out to anyone other than close friends and i'm getting ready to apply for college. it's already hard enough as my parents are very transphobic, but i also graduated high school early and will only be 17 when i attend college. still want to start social transition at least in college, any advice? thank you!

    Zak: College is an excellent time to transition, at least in my fairly biased opinion (both Adrian and I transitioned in college). You’re *usually* away from your family, in a more liberal social environment, and able to more easily control your social environment while in college. Plus, many college campuses have awesome resources like LGBTQ groups and centers. Some even have student health insurance that covers transition related care.

    The main drawback is that many college students are still financially dependent on their parents, and parents might hold that over your head to try to maintain some control. Plus, being underage your parents do still have some control over you. For instance, parental consent is required for HRT and top surgery if you’re under 18 in the US. Legally, though, your parents can’t really keep you from socially transitioning. The fact that you’re under 18 doesn’t really matter in that regard as far as I’m aware.

    I’d personally probably contact the admissions department when you apply to schools (as we recommended in this article) and more or less explain your situation. It’s definitely a huge plus if your parents are on board, but they can still help you get in touch with LGBTQ organizations and talk to you about campus climate. Once you actually get there you can figure out how you want to go about socially transitioning (or more). You might find that, being away from your parents, it’s quite easy for you to socially transition without them really even being all that aware of it (especially if you go to a college pretty far away and aren’t friends with your family members on Facebook).

    Given what I said about some parents holding financial stuff over their kids’ heads, I’d advise trying to get as many scholarships as you possibly can and going to a fairly affordable school. Try to save up and plan carefully to cut down on how financially dependent you’ll be on your parents once you leave the house. This is just in keeping with our advice to plan for the worst while hoping for the best, so don’t stress out too much about it and assume the worst. Just be as prepared as you can be. Good luck! I wasn’t a huge fan of high school (okay, I hated it), but I had a great time in college. I hope you also have an awesome experience. :) 

  7. Anonymous asked:

    I have a skin condition that makes it so that the little fine blond hairs that grow on my arms and other places cause a negative reaction in my skin. Instead of the hairs growing out normally from the follicle, a bump encapsulates it and my body forms a wax to keep it in. I have read that shaving these hairs from my face will make me appear more masculine, but the bumps appear there as well, larger though and hard, as if they have cartilage in them. Any ideas on how to keep this down?

    Zak: I don’t have any idea, sorry :( I don’t know anything about that condition or how to help that. I’d recommend asking your doctor about it.

  8. Anonymous asked:

    Since binding (I only use underworld binders) I have developed a rib cage deformation at the bottom kinda where the binder rolls up. Recently, it's been hurting my chest area more so I went up another size. Has this happened to any of you guys or any followers? I'm going to go see a doctor but I'm scared in going to need surgery to correct this.

    Zak: I really have no clue what that would be or if you’d need surgery to correct it. It’s good that you’re planning on seeing a doctor soon, hopefully they’ll be able to help you out and, if you do need surgery, talk you through your anxiety.

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