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4 May, 20 tweets, 4 min read
my HRT prescribing planned parenthood clinic did nothing to ensure that i understood why healthy hormonal function is important to my health, and the ramifications of disrupting it (which cross sex HRT does to an extreme degree)

let’s look at my “informed” consent document 🧵
first, they incorrectly define “testosterone”

yes, high testosterone results in secondary sex characteristics associated with males, which are a sign of abnormal and unhealthy hormonal status when present in females. but testosterones primary function is not a cosmetic one.
nature did not give females lower testosterone because it thought we look better without a beard. the primary function of this hormone is to develop and regulate male reproductive functions, but it also plays important roles in other physiological processes
bone formation, energy metabolism, red blood cell production, among many other things, which is why healthy females do have a small amount of testosterone in naturally.

i, being a teenage girl who at the time had never researched endocrinology, did not understand this
my perception of testosterone was that it’s the “male hormone” and taking it will make me look more masculine. that’s it. i didn’t understand why nature gave my female body the hormones it did, and why hormonal health is vital to the function of every part of my mind and body.
this is not some kind of esoteric hidden knowledge, anybody with any degree of medical education knows hormones have a purpose. but my providers did not inform me of this nor ensure i was making properly informed consent to what i was truly doing to my delicate body systems.
let’s talk about the “benefits” and risks outlined to me.

it is just shocking to me now how medical professionals will present this at face value with no discussion as to *why* i would stop having a period, grow abnormal body hair, and grow increased abdominal fat.
again, females don’t have lower testosterone because nature thinks we look better without a beard.

each “benefit” is a *side effect* of hormonal dysfunction that impacted every organ system in my body. amenorrhea is not healthy. high testosterone in a female is not healthy.
but these unhealthy side effects were presented to me as the primary “benefits” of a “medicine”. this is a false misrepresentation of what artificially inducing hormonal dysfunction actually does to a human body. its lying by omission. it’s malpractice.
as for the risks

again, i was a total ignorant here when it came to biology, endocrinology, and general human health. what i “knew” about testosterone is that it was supposed to make me look different.

hah, not any more though.
not only are the risks listed woefully lacking (i experienced multiple that were not listed, including the early stages of vaginal atrophy and literal diagnosed-in-mental-hospital psychosis), but there was no effort to ensure i actually understood the ones they did list.
my level of comprehension at the time:

risk: “increase your red blood cell count”

me: “that’s cool i guess”

risk: “increase the cholesterol in your blood”

me: “guess i’ll worry about that when i’m 60, like every man”
risk: “increase chances of diabetes” “sugar” (lol, what?)

me: “i’ve had an eating disorder since i was 12, that’s probably not an issue for me”

risk: “harm the liver (rare)” (how? how does it harm the liver you incompetent fucks? i deserved to know!)

me: “eeeh, it’s rare”
of course, no mention that females on cross sex hormones have 2x the heart disease risk of males, and 4x the risk of females not on CSHRT.
my prescriber didn’t explain jack shit to me. of course, i wanted the cosmetic effects, and the treatment was presented as entirely cosmetic, and i was ignorant about hormonal health, so i didn’t view these risks as serious.
but it was their responsibility to ensure i was making an informed decision. that’s why it’s called INFORMED consent.
looking back, it feels like they did everything to obscure the reality of what they were doing (inducing hormonal disorders in physically healthy but mentally vulnerable patients), and downplay the health risks of testosterone as much as possible.
there was no education, but there was an absolute betrayal of my trust as a patient. i was lied to. point blank. mislead. used, for my appointment fee.
these are not good people with patients best interest at heart. and it is NOT the responsibility of the patient to be over-educated on healthcare (that’s what the schools these people paid to attend to get their credentials are for!) and on guard against lies by their providers.
do i wish i knew what i know now? duh, then i wouldn’t have trusted these people with my health and i would have avoided a lot of suffering. but the responsibility is on the healthcare provider to provide healthcare.

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