Hygiene, Health, and Product Tips
The journey to and through testosterone is one of the most challenging, exhausting, and rewarding adventures I have taken thus far in my life. Personally, I’ve had kind of a love/hate or hit/miss relationship with my hormones. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change going on them, but I would change how I treated my body during the beginning stages. I am currently on 5 cc of testosterone that I inject weekly. I am terrified of needles, but more terrified of the patches (thanks that one House episode where the man nearly killed his family). *Warning: I’m going to be telling products I looked for that kind of info when I started my transition, so sorry for the whole infomercial vibe*
Pro Tip #1: Exercise. Work out. Get your body moving. I was lazy and only fed my body fried foods or take out. That is extremely unhealthy regardless of your hormone status, but especially when you’re on testosterone. I learned that the hard way. When I wasn’t working out consistently, I found myself to be more moody and irritable than the T already made me. I became even more dysphoric because I was gaining fat in all the places I’m self-conscious of. This may not be the case for everyone, but it certainly was for me.
I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to the gym since I’m in my last semester of college and these capstone projects and work are taking up all of my time. Plus getting up at 6 am to go reminds me of the military, which makes me feel depressed. I found the Insanity Max30 videos, and they only take 30 mins out of your day, so it was perfect for me. Find your muse. Get moving.
Pro Tip #2: Shower more regularly. If you’re one of those people who are able to be one with nature and smell good, then ignore this one. If you’re like me and sasquatch himself couldn’t compete with you on how bad you smell then please read on. About a week after I had my first shot of T, I woke up and was like what the hell is that smell? Yep, it was me. I realized that the smallest of tasks made me smell terrible. I don’t sweat heavily either, so this really came as a shock for me.
Turns out I apparently have the gene for extreme hair growth (even though that was NOT the case before), so soap became an issue. Nothing would really make me feel clean. I started using Dr. Squatch soaps about 2 months into T. It has masculine smell options and suds up well. I know a company called Mack Soaps is run by a fellow member of the trans* community, but I haven’t tried them yet.
Pro Tip #3: DON’T SKIP SHOTS OR BLOOD WORK. I never thought I would miss a shot. Testosterone is the one thing I had always wanted, and so there is no way I’d skip one right? Wrong. I did. A lot. I would be anxious about the needle or just forget. It really gave me bad mood swings, and eventually I could feel my ovaries trying to kick back into action (maybe that was just in my head, but it terrified me). I also recently had a scare with blood work. My clinic shut down that I had been going to, and was too scared to go somewhere else. I started to have pains in upper abdomen. Turns out my spleen was enlarged because of my T. I got it regulated, but don’t ignore blood work. It’s so important.
Pro Tip #4: Alright. This isn’t really a tip, but I get asked a lot about hair products, so here ya go: I am stuck on Dirty by Lush right now. It’s one of the few I’ve used that washes out really easy, but also holds well. It also has an earthy smell, so bonus! I like the Uppercut Featherweight (white can) as well, but I’m not a huge fan of the smell of that one.
If you guys have any other questions or product recommendations, just ask and I’ll be sure to answer.