I am trans masculine and I think I want to start using testosterone! What should I know before I begin?

Published December 2, 2020
Language English

This factsheet is a guide for trans men, trans masculine and gender diverse people who may be thinking about using testosterone. This process of transitioning is called Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT). This factsheet provides a brief overview of the benefits, side effects and risks about starting hormone therapy.

This factsheet should not be used to practice self-medication. We strongly encourage that you speak with a medical professional before you start hormone therapy as each individual is unique and requires a specific medical plan.

This factsheet will help you to understand:

How hormones work;
Some of the changes you may expect once on hormone therapy including side effects and risks, and;
Some frequently asked questions that may help you to make an informed choice about starting Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy.

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