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While I was growing up I had noticed things about myself that I didn't see with my sisters or my friends (genetic females).
Even thought I have hips I don't have not much body fat there. Even when I pinch the skin it's paper thin. I also have a muscular body even when I don't work out. When I do work out, I only have to work out for 2 months and I'm set for a whole year because my body tones up super fast and I get muscular easily. I also have super high metabolism.
We all have heard of the term 'estrogen dominance' or 'androgen dominance'. Well, I'm definitely androgen dominate. Sometimes people think I'm a male even when I have long hair or even when I dress up. I've notice for me that my skin texture changed drastically (in a horrible way) and my hairline was receding while I was on the ring.
I was on Nuvaring for almost a full year and I had to stop because it was making me more masculine looking.
Increased upper lip facial hair
2-3 chin hairs
Change of skin and hair texture.
Body shape (still somewhat feminine, just change of redistribution of body fat thato was trying to make my body not so feminine.)
When I told my gyno about this. I told her I look it online that says Nuvaring is one of the HIGHEST androgenic bc on the market. She confirmed my research.
So I decided from that moment forward I was going to take action.
Currently, I'm on Depo Provera. I've been on it on the past and has helped, but this is progesterone only.
Conventional birth control pills use ethinyl estradiol EE. But it's also the most potent. I was considering just getting the tablets and use along with my progesterone. But as I've mentioned it's super potent, even though it does help with physiological changes. I'm currently using Spiro, and estradiol and am considering estriol due to being the weakest for of estrogen. This estrogen is made during pregnancy and says it's causes skin to thicken along with blood cells etc. There have also been studies on this estogen and is being used in compounded face creams made at a pharmacy. I was going to take it pill form because of this.
Even after being off for so long my body slowly improved on it's own, but didn't bring my skin or hair back to what it was prior. I don't want to wait years for this. So that's when I decided to turn to hormones.
HRT may be used for menopause, but it has also been used for transwomen. Even they're not prescribed EE because of the dangers and side effects. If anyone has advice please share!
I'm not comfortable using Premarin because of the mare urine.
If anyone else has used EE and made noticeable changes I'd like to hear your story. Otherwise, I'm using estradiol, will consider estriol. Would like to eventually get off Spironolactone.
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