“T” is testosterone, a hormone (found in males and females, but less in females, way more in males) and can work as an anabolic steroid. It is very heavily controlled, because it can be abused! It affects specific features and development in men and women. The amount found in the adrenal glands is the same for both sexes. The pituitary gland controls how much testosterone is in your body. For men, most testosterone in found in the genitals, and for women, its found in the ovaries.
It affects the brain, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, the vascular system, energy levels, genital tissues, and sexual functioning.
There are risks to taking testosterone in a female to male transgender patient. The healthcare provider should have you sign an informed consent form.
Informed Consent Sheet Example
- I understand the medical effects and safety of taking testosterone long term have not been fully understood and long term risks are not known.
- I will take only the amount of testosterone prescribed due to health risks.
- I understand this will change parts of my body, make me for masculine, and deplete the estrogen in my body.
- Testosterone can change risks to diseases such as: Heart Disease | Decreasing”good” cholesterol and increasing “bad” cholesterol, increasing blood pressure and fatty deposits on some organs.
- I have been advised of the risks of smoking, drinking, or doing any other substance.
- I have been advised that there will be regular check-ups and blood work to make sure there are no problems with the T
- T can cause liver damage, so it needs to be monitored.
- etc… more later