Whether you’re pre-or post-FTM surgery, there are many things you can do to make the transition go more smoothly.
You can make subtle changes along the way, such as building muscle, cutting your hair shorter, and flattening your chest.
Another change you can make is to lower the register of your voice. Making this change can be tricky. It’s not easy to alter the way you speak after years of having the same voice.
But that doesn’t mean change is impossible. The following are five things that can help you deepen your voice:
Use Your Diaphragm
The diaphragm is located under your lungs and is the primary muscle responsible for breathing.
When you take short, shallow breaths, you’ll notice that your chest rises. When you take longer, deeper breaths, you see the area just above your stomach expanding. That’s your diaphragm at work.
If you want to develop a deeper voice, focus on using your diaphragm to breathe. This will help you to project your voice and give you a more powerful, masculine tone.
Work On Your Posture
Your posture might not seem to be connected to your voice, but it is. The key here is breath and projection.
If you’re hunched over, you’re not able to use a large amount of air when you speak. That causes your voice to sound much softer and quieter, which are traits that are often associated with a more feminine voice.
By keeping your chin up and your chest out, you’ll have access to more air. This helps you create a voice that projects with more force behind it.
If you’re preparing for a FTM procedure, it’s likely that you’re already undergoing testosterone treatments.
That’s good news, because taking testosterone can help to lower your voice. When you take testosterone, it causes the folds in the larynx to grow thicker. This lowers the tone of the voice.
A speech-language pathologist can give you a variety of exercises to improve your vocal flexibility, quality, range, and style while helping you master your new voice.
If you’ve tried a variety of ways to deepen your voice and you’re still not satisfied, you might consider vocal surgery. Though not as common as MTF vocal operations, surgery for those undergoing a FTM procedure does exist.
The most common FTM vocal surgery is medialization laryngoplasty. In this procedure, the folds of the vocal cords are thickened with silicone rubber implants, which causes a deeper tone to develop.
Lowering your voice is an important part of the FTM transition. Understanding these five things about deepening your voice will help you make a more complete transition.