Hormone Therapy is Lifesaving — But Why is No One Studying Its Long-Term Effects? | Out Magazine

Hormone Therapy is Lifesaving — But Why is No One Studying Its Long-Term Effects? | Out Magazine:

“Yet there have been few studies looking at the long-term effects of HRT. While observational studies have retrospectively reviewed trans populations and declared hormonal transition to be safe, trans medicine has not had the kind of clinical research that is typically conducted for lifesaving medicine. There are medical guidelines for trans health care issued by organizations like the Endocrine Society and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, but there are also unknowns — questions that neither patients nor physicians can answer.”

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4 thoughts on “Hormone Therapy is Lifesaving — But Why is No One Studying Its Long-Term Effects? | Out Magazine

  1. I’ve considered this. The possibility of organ damage is alway present, which is why the doctor’s check labs on a regular basis. But the question arises… if you were told there is a strong possibility of adverse reaction to the hormones would you stop taking them. My answer is easy: hell no! I would chance it.

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    Christine Jorgensen died with breast cancer.

    Some respected sources asserted that it was related to her transition and hormones; others claimed her transition had little to do with it.

    Okay, men get breast cancer and die from it each year. Would she have had it had she remained her former?

    Those issues need to be addressed after all these years.

    I know this much from personal history, doctors rarely tested my blood from 1979 to 2012. Only my current endocrinologist checks me every six months. There would have been no medical trail if something happened to me during all those fallow years.

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