What is HRT for transgender? Feminizing hormone therapy helps male-to-female transgender individuals (transwomen) achieve a more feminine appearance. It uses anti-androgens to block male hormones. Taking estrogen and progestin helps you develop breasts, softer skin, rounder hips and more.

How long does HRT work for transgender? The maximum effect will occur within one to two years. Decreased spontaneous erections. This will begin one to three months after treatment. The maximum effect will occur within three to six months.

What would HRT do to a man? Hormone therapy lowers the amount of testosterone in the body and this affects your ability to have and maintain an erection. This may get better within 3 to 12 months after the treatment ends. For some men, erection problems are permanent. It depends on the drug you are having and how long you have been taking it.

What is the best HRT for transgender? 

Estrogen and anti-androgen options for transgender women
Route Formulation Dosing
Oral Estradiol 2–4 mg daily
Parental (subcutaneous, intramuscular) Estradiol valerate 5–30 mg every 2 weeks
Transdermal Estradiol 0.1–0.4 mg twice weekly
Anti-androgens Progesterone 20–60 mg PO daily

What is HRT for transgender? – Additional Questions

Will HRT increase my breast size?

Could hormone therapy help? Hormone therapy could increase the size of your breasts slightly. This process is called feminization. It’s typically given to transgender women and nonbinary people who are assigned male at birth and wish to have more typically “feminine” features.

How much estrogen should a transgender take?

Estrogen. Estradiol is preferred, as it most closely resembles the hormone produced by the ovaries. It is prescribed in a similar way to hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women, but with slightly higher doses. The dose of estradiol valerate tablets starts at 2–4 mg daily, increasing up to 8 mg.

How long does it take to transition from male to female?

Some of the physical changes begin in as little as a month, though it may take as long as 5 years to see the maximum effect. For example, men transitioning to women can expect A-cup and occasionally larger breasts to fully grow within 2 to 3 years.

How long after starting HRT Do you feel a difference?

How long HRT takes to work. It usually takes a few weeks before you feel the benefits of HRT. It can take up to 3 months to feel the full effects. If you have not felt the benefit of HRT after 4 to 6 months, it may help to try a different type.

Is 1 mg estrogen a lot?

Dose — “Standard” doses of estrogen given daily, such as 17-beta estradiol (oral 1 mg/day or transdermal 0.05 mg/day) are adequate for symptom relief in the majority of women [3-5].