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    Here’s What Trans Women Wish They’d Known Before Starting Hormone Therapy

    "Try not to go through it alone."

    We asked trans and gender-nonconforming members of the BuzzFeed Community what they wish they had known before beginning hormone replacement therapy, which can be a wild and confusing ride.

    Let's talk about HRT for trans women (we tackle testosterone treatment in this post). HRT with anti-androgens and estrogen results in the loss of body hair, muscle mass, and a redistribution of fat (hello, breast tissue!).

    1. Changes won't happen overnight, so try to be patient with yourself.

    2. Find a doctor who is familiar with treating trans patients and has a real understanding of what you're going through.

    3. You may notice some changes in your metabolism, but don't assume drastic weight change is due to your hormone treatment.

    4. And the ups-and -owns of all these changes may take you by surprise.

    5. It's OK to be strong, brave, and confident in your journey.

    6. Don’t feel the need to bend to society’s gender norms. You do you.

    7. And remember it's not just about the outward physical changes, but the ones you can't see as well.

    8. Practice self-care and don't be surprised by some mood swings — remember that you don't have to go through this alone.

    9. Know that there is no universal transition timeline — your journey is completely unique to you.

    10. And, always and most importantly, try to love yourself just as you are.

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