This is my first blog post here on Pink Essence. First of all let me just say thank you to all those responsible for making this community possible. It really is a great place to be and I am glad that I found it.
Sometimes, I get a little long winded so bear with me there really is a point to my post I promise!
Over the years I have learned a few things about life. One of the lessons that life has taught me is that there are few rewards available to those who are not willing to take risks.
The real topic of this post is self medication and HRT....oh I can hear the controversy stirring up now! Oh NO! You must see a doctor to do HRT.
Yes, and you should probably see a doctor before drinking alcohol too. What about that rock concert when you dropped that acid or took a hit from a joint passed to you from a stranger? You should have seen a doctor for that first as well.
Don't get me wrong I am not suggesting that you don't see doctors. I don't but that is me.
My point here is that we all travel our own paths. Some people feel more comfortable if someone with perceived qualifications holds their hand through the journey. I can understand that.
Some people believe that the police are there to protect and serve while others carry their own guns and protect themselves.
Opinions are like butt holes, everybody has one.
So, yeah I admit to doing my own HRT. Some people take issue with that. Why is something I don't understand. There is a false belief that these doctors actually know what they are doing when in fact the whole idea of transitioning from one sex to another is still very experimental...which is why there are so many mixed results. If you go to 3 different clinics for HRT you will be prescribed 3 completely different regimens. Why? Because if you do some research you will see that all they can do for you is what has seemed to make others happy in the past and that is about it.
There is certainly enough information on the topic and those of us with a so called "Gender Identity Disorder" probably know much more about it than someone who does not share our "condition" PHD or not.
Maybe you are not like me, perhaps you think someone else knows you better than you know yourself? I really don't know.
Before I get all the flames and warnings about self HRT let me tell you something. If you do the research you will find that the risk is extremely low. Smoking is much worse for you than taking estrogen in all honesty. Before you judge me think about that when you pick up that drink of alcohol and how many alcohol related deaths there have been.
The fact is that people who have done HRT under supervision or without supervision have no higher or lower mortality rate than anyone else.
I guess my point is this. If you are so concerned about me or anyone else that chooses their own path then feel free to pay the bills. I have seen where people are paying 300 dollars and up for a single visit to doctors. Well ladies, 300 bucks is a years supply of HRT that can be purchased online and you can begin HRT in 2-3 days not 6-12 months later.
Estrogen is NOT a controlled substance. Why? Because for the most part the average healthy human will have no issues ever by taking it. If you have a teenage daughter, she can get birth control pills without you even consenting in this country...hello.
You may not agree with my choices but the fact is they are indeed MY choices to make. Some people think it's no big deal just go to the doctors and do it their way. I think their way is slow and the standards of care make it very difficult if you are ready right NOW...and yes it is an emergency when you dont want to live one more day as a man and you have contemplated suicide.
The alternative is not an alternative. **sits waiting for the UPS guy to arrive with salvation in a bottle**