anonymous asked:

Does finasteride effect how deep your voice gets? I'd like to take it to prevent hair loss/ lessen bottom growth, but I want a deeper voice.

Theoretically yes, Finasteride can have an effect on the voice if taken during the early stages of someone taking testosterone. Finasteride works by systemically stopping the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). While DHT contributes to hair loss it’s also largely responsible for masculinizing effects such as voice changes, body hair, facial hair, and genital growth. Finasteride reduces the concentration of DHT within the body by roughly 70% so this would have a direct impact on the changes associated with it, including the voice. This is why Finasteride is usually only prescribed for folks who’ve been on testosterone for a few years and are beyond the developmental stages of those changes. I understand that certain bodily changes on testosterone might not be ideal but please remember that you can’t pick and choose what changes will occur.

anonymous asked:

I may be starting T soon and am versed in a lot of the changes. My doc has only ever treated amab people so he couldn't answer my question. I know with T your hairline will receed to a more masc shape. I have a widows peak and was curious as to if I would lose that? I have never really seen a guy with one but I was uncertain if T changed hairline that drastically. Anybody have this issue/experience before?

Kai says:

no, you probably won’t lose that. I know plenty of cis guys with widow’s peaks. The receded hairline is usually on the upper right/left I notice.


Kii says: Having a widows peak is actually a dominant trait in people of all genders, so plenty of guys have them!

anonymous asked:

dear cliff: since going to uni several of my friends and i have felt our hair is thinning (!?!?) WHY? is it b/c our city has hard water? cold weather? diet? nutrition? vitamins? not enough dairy? not eating organic? stress? pls save us

I don’t know.  There’s a lot of things that can cause hair loss, but the likeliest to happen to several people all at once, just as they’re starting uni, are either that your diet is inadequate or you’re under too much stress. 

You don’t need dairy or organic food, but are you living on ramen?  Don’t live on ramen (or any other food that’s 99% starch).  Or at least mix in as much meat/tofu and vegetables as you can afford.  Lack of protein, lack of iron, or just plain insufficient food can cause hair loss. 

And are you sleeping?  There’s a lot of causes of stress in uni and I can’t really address them all in a Tumblr ask, but one of the biggest is if you just aren’t getting any damn sleep.  Really try to get 7-8 hours a night–it’ll help your overall health and mood as well as your hair.

If it’s not one of those, make an appointment at the campus health center, because you’ve reached the limits of my ability to tele-diagnose.

I have such an array of emotions looking at this.  Despite how far I’ve come, I still have lingering, subconscious self-hate when I see a photo without my wig.  At the same time, I’m so proud that when that feeling starts to rise, I don’t let it hold me back anymore.  Even when it’s scary, I continue to challenge myself.  The more I do that, the stronger I’ll become.

Life is crazy.  Cool things happen sometimes 

anonymous asked:

So I have been debating going on T, but I know that there is a chance of losing your hair if you do. My hair is my pride and joy with everything I have, and if I lost it, I would never be happy with myself. My family's men all start to bald by their mid twenties, so unless there is a way to prevent losing my hair for sure, I don't think I should go on T. Do you know any ways to assure I don't lose it?

There isnt a lot you can do, especially if you are genetically predisposed to MPB. There is no guarantee it would happen to you though and if it did when it would. You could potentially be on T for years before, or if, it happened. There are some things you can do but they’re not really preventative measures as it would defeat the purpose of being on T as the effects would counteract it. I have talked about that before here:

T is something you could always try and see what happens. If you did start to experience any hair related problems you can always come off it. It would not continue if you stopped as the action of DHT would be removed. You wouldnt suddenly lose it all overnight. It wont just all fall out. What happens with it varies. Some experience thinning, others receeding hairline. Loss tends to start to be noticable if more comes out than grows back which results in patches. If you noticed something starting to happen you could always stop at that point and/or start a treatment. As I said you could get years out of it so if you were able to be on it for long enough to obtain the other masculinising changes you wanted you could then try a treatment option for it. If it wasnt to help much again you can always come off T if you needed to. Some of the changes would be permanent so you would retain them but not others

Simple answer is there is no guaranteed way for it to not happen. if anything like that could be done it would be something worth millions. As it is there are some treatment options but they dont work for everyone and success with them will vary. Whether you want to try T or not is up to you. Its something you could try and stop if you wanted to. What happens, when and to what extent cant be predicted though

anonymous asked:

if i'm concerned about hair loss, is it better to go on medication like finasteride as a preventative measure, or only if you have found signs of hair loss already? thanks.

I wouldn’t recommend taking Finasteride as a preventative measure. Finasteride stops hair loss by systemically stopping the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT); a metabolite of testosterone that is often associated with male pattern baldness. While DHT contributes to hair loss it’s also largely responsible for masculinizing effects such as voice changes, the development of body and facial hair, and genital growth. Finasteride reduces the concentration of DHT within the body by roughly 70% so this would have a direct impact on the changes associated with it. The changes wouldn’t stop entirely but they would take longer to happen and the overall reduction in DHT might block the full extent of the changes from taking place. This is why Finasteride is usually only prescribed for people who’ve been on testosterone for a few years and have experienced those masculinizing effects. As an alternative to Finasteride you might consider looking into a topical DHT blocker, such as DHT blocking shampoo, since the effect would be localized to your head rather than systemic (impacting the entire body).


This week’s topic is dealing with hair loss, something that tends to come up now and then when talking about the wanted vs unwanted effects of testosterone. 

In this video I share my feelings on potentially losing my hair, since I know it’s definitely a possibility if you look at the hair of my male relatives. 

- Emil

karrei  asked:

Is it true that you experience hair loss and balding on T because I'm extremely self-conscious about my hair and that's my only worry about taking T. I've heard others say your hair thickens so I'm legitimately confused.

Yes but whether it happens, when, and to what degree, are entirely determined by genetics. It doesnt happen to everyone. It depends how susceptible you are to male pattern baldness. It can also tend to result in thinning the hair but that also isnt a universal effect. It will however change your hairline to a male pattern. It is something you need to consider can happen and its not something you can choose not to happen. Its a popular belief to look to your mothers side of the family to try to gauge whether it would happen or not but there is no real basis for this and evidence as to its inheritance is lacking so you need to consider both sides of the family and even then you cant be sure about it. The culprit appears to be DHT and how sensitive your hair follicles are to its effects

There are however treatment options if it were to happen. There are trans men who take finasteride to combat it. It is considered to be the most effective treatment for male pattern hair loss available and is approved by the FDA for that purpose. It basically works by inhibiting the production of DHT in the follicles. There is an issue with this in that the main effects of T in promoting masculinisation are a result of DHT so inhibiting it can prevent those effects. Therefore it tends to be a treatment recommended once you have already obtained the changes desired so it wont be impacted by it. It doesnt just work locally but systemically which is the problem as it will block other androgen receptors in the body, preventing the conversion of T to DHT. An alternative is a localised treatment such as a topical DHT blocker which would only be localised to the head such as DHT blocking shampoo. There are also trans men on minoxidil as it can also promote hair growth. It may be unlikely that you would develop MPB within the first few years but there is no certainty of it

How T will affect you varies from person to person so what one person reports can be the opposite for another. For some it will thin but not bald, some it will receed, others it may not affect until later in their life, some it may thicken it. It is under genetic control and cant really be known. No one describing their experience is wrong, it is just only their experience as it will be different for others

Here is an article from Hudson’s Guide about hair loss

most of the hair loss thread doesn’t have a lot of positive or hopeful posts so i thought i’d add one

i started losing my hair in january, right after:

1. learning my father was going blind and my parents might lose their house

2. breaking up with the man i was going to marry

3. going off birth control pills

4. taking a supplement for hormonal acne

5. experienced sudden weight loss

it started small but by february, i was asking friends to tell me if i was going bald. i went to a dermatologist about a month ago who confirmed that i did in fact have stress-related telogen effluvium and that i might lose 40-80% of my hair. thankfully, i was still pretty deep in depression so i barely panicked and reacted quite numbly to it. but when i went home, i checked my head and  i could run my fingers over them and feel my bald scalp on the sides of my head. i parted my hair in the middle to hide it and went on.

i’ve had anorexia about all of my life, so initially i wasn’t phased by the weight loss but i also knew that hair loss and weight loss were related. so i forced myself to eat, even though everything tasted like ash in my mouth: peanut butter, spinach, chicken. i kept going and going. despite my panic, i knew supplements had gotten me into this so i wasn’t about to mess with my system any more than i had. the biggest will power i had to show was to NOT overcompensate and just wait.

i kept eating, i washed my hair every day, i massaged my hair (which caused more shedding) with jojoba and peppermint oil, but that was the best i could do.

a month later, i checked my scalp and saw that what once was bald now had tiny stubble pushing through. like my dermatologist said, old hairs were jumping out to make room for new growth.

i might lose more. a lot more. i might not lose much more at all. but i feel really lucky. really, really lucky that it’s growing back. lucky that it’s mostly on the sides and i can hide it with my part. lucky that i had a lot of hair to begin with and nobody has noticed.

so here’s one tiny bit of positivity in a pretty hopeless thread. all you can do is wait.

some people just get to see the seasons. you get to be them.

anonymous asked:

Silly question here: does one shed hair a lot less when they cut it really short? I'm a little scared to do any changes to myself atm...

You shed the same amount of hair no matter what the length is. It’s just more noticeable when it’s longer because the strands are longer and get on stuff more.

Below is an article about hair shedding that is geared towards women, but if you ignore the gendered language the facts should be applicable to everyone. If you are concerned with the amount of hair you’re losing you should talk to your doctor.

However, I’d like to remind you that this is not an advice blog. Questions about general trans things should be sent to an advice blog like @transgenderteensurvivalguide or a different blog that’s suitable. 

gnomer-denois  asked:

What are some causes of fur loss? My beagle has a large mass tumor on her liver but has been active and alert with prednisone, denamarin and furosemide. I haven't seen any signs of fleas nor has she had problems in the past. She spends most of her time indoors. She's 10 years old. I recently noticed bald spots on her tail only. Is this something to worry about?

There are lots and lots of things that can cause fur loss, and without examining your dog it’s impossible for me to give you a super useful list, but part of that list includes:

  • fleas
  • other ectoparasites
  • allergy/atopy
  • localized skin infection
  • friction or overgrooming
  • skin tumors
  • chronic prednisolone overdose

If it’s worrying you, it’s certainly worth getting checked out. If it’s due to the pred but she needs the pred to be happy, then so be it. It’s worth being on a parasite control product just in case, but some dogs will also just wear down their fur by constantly wagging their tail against something rough.