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One of the most pernicious aspects of transphobia and misinformation about trans issues is how the general public have almost no concept of what hormone replacement therapy does for trans people, and the changes that happen to our bodies under the effects of HRT. A thread.
When I started HRT years ago, my body changed quite drastically, and sometimes in ways that surprised me. Breast development started, which was freakin' sore for quite some time, and within a year I was wearing a bra every day.

Yet a lot of people are surprised to learn this.
My body hair almost melted away, and I had a friend who was fascinated with this, she was stroking the peach fuzz on my arm and got all excited. She was amazed by all this. So was I of course.

But one of the biggest changes I went through was muscle mass drastically shrinking.
My upper body muscle just melted away, it was an incredibly dramatic change.

If you've followed me for a while, you might have noticed I'm trying to sell my guitar amp. I've mentioned that I'm not even able to lift it. Well, that wasn't the case when I bought it pre-transition.
I used to take that amp to the rehearsal space regularly, lifting it in and out of the car and back again. Now? I just don't have the upper body strength to pick it up.

That's one of the reasons I want to sell it for something smaller. Something I don't kill myself picking up.
Yes, this happened to me too. I dropped 2 shoe sizes when I transitioned.

Some of the weirdest things you don't even think of can change with HRT, it even effected my sense of taste. I remember I used to love jalapenos but went off them after transition.

I used to hate garlic, now I can't get enough. I'll always put in ALL of the garlic when cooking.
And I bring all this up because when we say trans women are women, we're not just talking superficially, there are profound physical changes that happen with HRT. Trans women are women *physically* and when people insist that we are men, that seriously puts us in danger.
This is why it is so utterly inhuman to refuse to house trans women in women's shelters, and insisting they use men's shelters instead; the average trans woman who has been on HRT will not have the strength to defend herself and is at risk of violence and sexual assault.
Likewise housing trans women in men's prisons, it's putting them at serious risk. This is why men's prisons are often such a death sentence for trans women, and it is horrifically abusive.
Trans women are women.

Not in some academic sense, not "cosmetically" women, but in the physical, biological sense too. It's why so many sports have opened up to trans people, because the actual medical science says trans women don't have an advantage over cis women.
And this isn't an exhaustive list of stuff that changes with HRT either, I've probably just scratched the surface. One of the things that changes is bone density, I had to go and get a dexa scan done when I was first attending the endocrine clinic.
How a person smells, the sweat their body produces is effected too.

If you know a trans guy who recently started T who all of a sudden floors you with that man-stank all of a sudden, you known how dramatic this can be too.
Also, I'm sorry trans guys. I've spent the entire thread talking about trans women and the effects of HRT because this is my experience and can speak from that, but then I bring up trans guys is cos of my experience with Dan's manly funk. :3
So, hopefully this has been helpful. (And hopefully I'll find a buyer for my amp soon, so I can get a trans-friendly amp!)

If you like my threads, and would like to give me a tip, I have a Ko-fi page where you can do so, it's always appreciated: ko-fi.com/caseyexplosion
As an addendum to this thread, none of this is to be taken to invalidate trans people who are not on HRT. There's no right way to be trans, many want hormonal changes, but not surgical, and that's ok. What steps you take to transition is personal.
A very, very excellent therapist I saw described transition as a train jouney; there are many stops along the route, and your destination can be any one of them.

Regardless of which stop is yours, you are valid.
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