The use of testosterone allows for the transition of FTM individuals to take place. It’s used to initiate the process whereby male characteristics can develop, which includes effects related to body composition, voice, and hair growth.
Testosterone must be properly administered in order to achieve the desired effects. Biological females can use testosterone to modify the hormonal profile so that it can have a greater influence in the presence of the female hormones already present.
However, there’s a lot of misunderstanding among people when it comes to the use of testosterone during the transition period.
Myth: Testosterone Leads to Anger Issues
Many people confuse the use of testosterone with the athletic use of anabolic steroids. Stories of “roid rage” among competitive athletes have fueled the myth that testosterone leads to aggressive behaviour.
In fact, the research does not show conclusive evidence to support this myth. Testosterone affects individuals in unique ways. Many are surprised to find that they are actually calmer after beginning the use of testosterone treatments, as they’re finally able to comfortably become themselves.
Testosterone is given in order to regulate the hormonal profile so that it is more similar to that of a biological male. Changes in mood can occur, but there’s a wide range of factors that can contribute to those changes.
Myth: Testosterone Increases Body Fat
Any changes in the hormonal system can influence a person’s metabolism. Hormones are responsible for a variety of physiological functions, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that testosterone causes you to gain body fat.
It’s only one of many factors that can influence body composition and metabolism. But testosterone has been observed to help increase the metabolic rate for men who have used it.
It’s hard to say whether the same effect will exist among FTM individuals, given that there has been little research to support a generalized conclusion. A healthy diet and lifestyle are major contributing factors to metabolism and weight. Testosterone alone will not determine how much body fat you gain or lose over time.
Myth: If You Quit Testosterone, You’ll Regrow Breast Tissue
Most FTM individuals have surgery to remove the breast tissue as a part of the transition. This includes adipose, glandular, and connective tissues that typically develop during puberty.
Although this tissue doesn’t grow back once it is removed, there may be some fluctuations with whatever small amount may remain. This is usually very minor and not a cause of concern.
Again, the loss or gain of body fat is also influenced by diet, metabolism, and other factors.
These myths about testosterone treatment have led to a great deal of confusion among individuals looking to make the FTM transition. Understanding the many factors that can affect your mood and physique will make it easier in the long run.