do you consider DIY HRT to be similar to self-dx? (disclaimer: I do, and I fully support both.)
Self-diagnosis and self-medication are very different things. Self-diagnosis provides access to community support and better coping tools which, even if you’re wrong, aren’t really harmful. Often the coping tools learned help regardless of whether a person is correct with their diagnosis. Self-medication (whether of psych meds, supplements, or HRT) can be very risky if not undertaken with the appropriate knowledge and understanding of warning signs and risks.
That said, this blog understands the need for DIY HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Many trans people are not able to access doctors whether due to cost, lack of prescribing physicians, ableism, racism, transantagonism, or a myriad of other reasons. Thus, we do not condemn self-medication, but rather caution that self-medication must be taken very seriously and intensive research must be done before attempting it.
If you are considering DIY HRT, you need to thoroughly research the potential risks associated with HRT and know all of the warning signs for these risks, particularly for certain cancers that are more likely with HRT. You need to be willing to seek medical attention and be open with a doctor if you start to show concerning signs. You need to be well researched on dosing of medications.
This all goes for any kind of self-medication, not just HRT. If you are taking something like St. John’s Wart or 5-HTP for depression you need to be just as well researched. For any kind of self-medication you need to be exceptionally confident in your ability to do this correctly and to be willing to seek help if things go awry.
In summation, we do not consider self-medication and self-diagnosis to be the same thing, but we do support both, just with a very strong word of caution associated with self-medication.
Hi Nathan:) as i know you wake up early (like 5.30 am) you eat healthy, you go to the gym, you dont drink alcohol or dont do drugs. isnt it little bit boring? did you ever think about "losing your shit" or "losing control"?:))
why would that be boring? Living a healthy active life is far from boring. It’s only boring people that get easily bored in my experience.
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