HRT (hormones replacement therapy)
Arguably one of the most important parts of medical transition is HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Part of our plan to start HRT involved a second child. Our family of 3 is not complete and HRT will leave Emily infertile. We had a couple of options: have a baby now before HRT or freeze sperm for later. What was best for us was to have a baby now. This meant concieving and starting HRT when I was safely in my second trimester. We found out shortly before Christmas that I was pregnant (good Christmas present!). We chose to begin HRT by blocking testosterone before beginning estrogen. Last week when I was 7 weeks Emily began testosterone blockers (it is safe this early in my pregnancy because it is easy to go off of it and quickly begin sperm production again). I am doing fine with this, I surprisingly didn’t have any negative feelings (yeah I knew it was coming, but this is a big scary step and I didn’t know how I’d be feeling, especially while being pregnant). Emily is feeling good physically, doesn’t feel negative side effects, but is feeling calmer, which is a plus. She will continue the t-blockers and when I’m in my second trimester add estrogen, this will be a bigger change and have lot of effects on her physical appearance as well as mental and emotional state. This may be more difficult for me since this is what will cause the real change to begin. Stay tune friends it will be a wild ride, oh and you know the Crose house will be FULL of hormones between my pregnancy and her increase in estrogen. This is where we need some TV cameras, you can all stay safe watching the craziness on TV and not being a part of it live and in person (wink wink).