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13 Aug, 10 tweets, 2 min read
Genital discussion incoming.

Some side effects of taking testosterone as a female include: male-pattern baldness, acne, increased risk of cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, producing too many red blood cells, infertility, type 2 diabetes and vaginal atrophy.

When I was informed of these risks (sans vaginal atrophy, my clinic didn't mention that) I thought “Whatever, I'm cool with taking those risks.”

And so preceded the positive side effects talk.

I was told-

My period would stop, great.
My voice would get deeper, great.
My fat would redistribute, great.
My facial and body hair would come in quicker and thicker, great.
I'd gain more muscle mass, great.
And my clitoris would enlarge, great?

I see lots of detrans women and trans men talking about voice, fat, hair and muscle changes but not so many talking about the clitoris bit.

Well, it's time to talk about it, because I'm sick of getting messages from detrans women who're mortified by that irreversible change.

When a female takes testosterone her clitoris will enlarge anywhere from 1-3 inches. When she stops T, her clitoris will remain its size – it's one of the irreversible side effects that don't get discussed much because we get embarrassed talking about clitorises, apparently.

You may have seen trans men on blogs saying their clitoris looks like a "micro-penis," and it actually can (sans balls).

Which, unfortunately, is devastating to heterosexual detrans women who feel no man will ever want them because they look like they have a micro-penis.

I've noticed some younger detrans women who message me worrying about wearing swimsuits due to the small bump that appears, or going into a changing room in case they're mistaken as male due to their flat chest (mastectomy) and micro-penis (enlarged clit).

I'm a biological female. Yet, I've been confronted for using a public women's toilet because of how I look.

When radfem/GC types talk about being able to "tell" who's male and who's female, and who they'll confront in certain situations, they're disregarding detrans people.

But back to clitorises.

I see this concern a lot in private messages but basically never out in the open. So, here you are. An enlarged clitoris that may resemble a micro-penis (sans balls) is another one of the irreversible side-effects of T that detrans women deal with.

It can cause great distress and regret in detrans women, and they shouldn't be ashamed to talk about it.

The effects of testosterone are incredibly strong and, in a lot of areas, permanent. Think of that before you, or a loved one, rush into it.


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