by Zak Sexton
Testosterone, also known as “T”, is the hormone that primarily male-bodied people produce. Transgender people are able to take hormonal therapy. This means that every week, a transgender boy will give him a shot of testosterone, typically in the leg. As a transgender boy, I have thought a lot about taking hormonal therapy. Until recently, I was excited to turn 18 to be able to start taking T (you can take it earlier only with parental consent) to appear more masculine in my face and body frame.But I found out almost a week ago that I cannot take testosterone — ever.
This is because I suffer from hypothyroidism, a thyroid condition in which the thyroid believes that all of your organs are hurting your body and tries to slowly destroy your organs. I have been taking medication for this for almost five years, so it never seemed to affect me. I went to get some bloodwork done to see if my hormone levels were normal, and in this my doctor concluded that if I were to take testosterone, my thyroid would kill me more quickly. My thyroid would start to destroy my bloodstream, my organs, and soon after, my brain. Taking T would kill me. And, coming out as trans has been quite a journey already. From being told I am not the definition of a man by a close family member to starting hair growth treatment on my face, this journey has been one for the better and worse. Although will never be able to take testosterone, I am still doing what I can to continue my transition.