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Northern Nevada Resources and a Question on Starting T Later in Life
by Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)

Hey, all! I've never posted here before, but I feel like I've finally got something to say. A quick intro: I'm Tad. I'm 33 years old, assigned female at birth, and I've been repressing my trans issues most of my life. It was only in about March of this year that I realised that my gender dysphoria was worsening rather than getting better and that I was going to have to confront it. A lot of soul-searching and research - and negotions with my straight husband - later, I finally had to admit that I was really male and that I needed to transition. And today, I got my prescription for T. I have an appointment on Thursday to get my first injection and be taught how to do it so that I can do the rest on my own. Three months. It's crazy.

Anyway, I live in northern Nevada and medical professionals who are willing and able to work respectfully with trans people are very, very hard to find. In fact, the ones I've found haven't even known about each other. I've been very lucky to find some absolutely amazing health care providers, and I wanted to share the information I have in case there are others here in the same geographical area as me. These are the professionals I've found:

Dr. Stephen Elliot (Family Physician)
Carson Medical Group
Carson City, NV

Dr. Carol Cheney (Endocrinologist)
Carson Tahoe Physicians Clinic
Carson City, NV

Mary Minten, LMFT, LCADC, DAACS (Therapist)
Family Counseling Service
Reno, NV

I hope that's helpful for someone - and, if you are in northern Nevada, drop me a line. It would be nice to meet a few folks that are local. :)

Now, a question. I'm much older than most guys who start T, from what I can see. Should I expect anything different than the general guidelines in regards to what changes I can expect and when? I know a lot of it depends on personal metabolism, I'm just wondering if there are any categorical differences based on age. I read on one site, specific to MtF transition, that the body's ability to respond to hormones decreases to 25% by age 30 - but I don't know if that applies to testosterone or only to estrogen/progesterone.

Thanks, everyone. And mods, if there are any issues with the contents (or tags) of my post, let me know and I'll happily make any necessary changes.

x-posted to ftm


Posted by: and the lovely silver traces erase my empty pages (fall_of_sophia)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)

Hi Tad, congrats.

I read on one site, specific to MtF transition, that the body's ability to respond to hormones decreases to 25% by age 30

I have a hunch that this is a bullshit statistic that someone made up. I think much of the age difference in satisfaction with estradiol-based HRT has to do with A) length of exposure to endogenous testosterone prior to HRT and B) eagerness to go through puberty 2.0 faster when transitioning at a later age. I don't know exactly what they could be measuring to come up with a number like that.

I'm not trans male spectrum so I don't know for sure but I have met lots of people who started T considerably older than you have. It seems to do basically the same things.

Posted by: Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)

Awesome, thank you. There are a lot of bullshit statistics on the web, and sometimes it can be hard to tell which ones they are. This didn't sound likely, but I didn't want to get my hopes up only to be seriously disappointed, you know? Thanks again.

Posted by: the rhythm is the bass and the bass is the treble (gender_euphoric)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)

I don't really have an answer to your question, except to say I felt "old" when I started testosterone just after my 26th birthday. I think everyone feels old compared to someone else.

I personally knew a guy (and keep in touch with him) who started t in his early 40s after having a few kids. He didn't seem to have any lag in effects and it was actually meeting him that gave me a final push towards medical hrt/transition.

congrats and i have a feeling you will be noticing changes in no time.

Posted by: Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)

Thank you. It's great to know I'm not the only one to feel "old" and great to know that others have had good success starting later.

Posted by: Michael (ftmichael)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)

I know a number of guys who started T after 40, and I know of guys who started T after 70. They didn't have any lack of effects due to their age. (I believe Jamison Green started T when he was 40 - you can easily find pictures of him online, and he talks about his experience in his book Becoming a Visible Man, which I recommend. I think Matt Kailey was over 30 when he started too, and he also has a book about his experiences that I recommend - Just Add Hormones.) Obviously YMMV, but I really wouldn't worry about it.

Edited at 2010-06-23 12:13 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)

Thank you! I knew about Becoming a Visible Man, but I hadn't remembered Just Add Hormones. Now, when I can find a bookstore that actually carries any books on trans issues or experiences at all (the Borders here seems to categorically exclude trans books from their shelves, and I try to avoid Amazon when possible) I'll pick both up. :) Thanks for the personal anecdotes, as well - I'm glad to know I'm not setting myself up for disappointment.

Posted by: Michael (ftmichael)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)

You can get the ISBN of any book by looking it up on Amazon, then bring that to any bookshop and they'll order it for you. :) If enough people do that, maybe they'll start stocking them.

Posted by: Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)

That's a good point. I thought about ordering, but was so annoyed that they didn't carry any books on the topic (and my area's small enough I figured my request wouldn't help change anything) that I decided I'd rather give my money to a store a bit more LGBTIQ-friendly. I just need to get myself up to Reno.

Posted by: zoeyprncs (zoeyprncs)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)

I'm glad your here, good luck on transition!

I'm mtf so I can't really help you on the hormones front, though I know T is a powerful hormone. The amount of medication mtf's have to take to kill it is quite a bit.

Posted by: Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)

Thank you! T is an amazingly powerful hormone, yes - which was part of why I doubted that statistic (if even accurate) applied. But I'd rather double check than be disappointed, you know? Thanks for the welcome - nice to meet you!

Posted by: C. (terry_terrible)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)

Hey Tad, I'm kinda in your nieghborhood, left you a pm.

Posted by: Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)

Thanks! I've replied.

Posted by: erica (ericaequites)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)

My boyfriend started after 30, and took T for a short time for masculizing effects that had lasted. I know several guys who started after 40. Don't be afriad to start late. A new and happier life awaits.

Posted by: Tad Dagan (thaddeusdagan)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)

Thank you. My life is already so much happier. I figure better late than never. :) I'm glad your boyfriend had good results, and have fingers crossed that I'll have the same.

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