Transgender

Hormone therapy helps strengthen brain connections in transgender women

Hormone therapy helps strengthen brain connections in transgender women:

In transgender women who have had their testes removed as part of the gender-affirming process, a form of estrogen called estradiol strengthens connections between areas of the brain involved in fine motor skills, learning, emotions and sensory perception, according a study to be presented Monday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. These findings reflect changes on the brain that might have implications, for instance, for treating hot flashes and other symptoms in transgender women, the researchers say.

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Health

Doctors Can Dismiss Women’s Health Concerns. Here’s How To Take Back Some Control. | HuffPost Life

Doctors Can Dismiss Women’s Health Concerns. Here’s How To Take Back Some Control. | HuffPost Life:

Evidence shows women are often deemed “overly dramatic” and dismissed by medical professionals, which has deadly consequences.

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Personal

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It seems I am having an allergic reaction to something, scratchy throat and swollen lips. At this point I can’t drink anything because it runs down my chin 😦

The good thing is I’m not having any trouble breathing or swallowing… at least not yet.

I have someone who is going to pick up some benadryl which I hope will help. I really don’t feel like spending the night in the ER.

One way or another I’ll be sure to post an update when I get the chance.

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LGBTQIA, Transgender

The insurance battle for gender-affirming care – CNN

The insurance battle for gender-affirming care – CNN:

“I was trying to drink myself to death to escape who I was,” she said. “I wasn’t allowed to be myself, so I didn’t want to be anyone else.”

Then, at 35, she realized what she needed to do to be herself: accept that she’s transgender and live openly as the woman she always knew she was.

To do that, she said, she had to “fix” her body. But after the battle with herself came the battle with insurers.

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Transgender

Transgender Women Are At Greater Risk For Heart Attacks And Strokes, But “There Are Still A Lot Of Question Marks” | NewNowNext

Transgender Women Are At Greater Risk For Heart Attacks And Strokes, But “There Are Still A Lot Of Question Marks” | NewNowNext:

We know that men and women have different cardiovascular issues—where do trans women fit in?

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Transgender

Trump Plan Would Cut Back Health Care Protections for Transgender People – The New York Times

Trump Plan Would Cut Back Health Care Protections for Transgender People – The New York Times:

The Trump administration says it plans to roll back a rule issued by President Barack Obama that prevents doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people.

Advocates said the change could jeopardize the significant gains that transgender people have seen in access to medical care, including gender reassignment procedures — treatments for which many insurers denied coverage in the past.

The rule was adopted in 2016 to carry out a major civil rights law embedded in the Affordable Care Act. The law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in “any health program or activity” that receives federal financial assistance.

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