hormone replacement therapy, transgender

HRT: Week 2

Well, I’m halfway through my spiro & Estradiol prescription for the month. This week almost flew by, between work, gym, the drag shows I’ve been involved in lately, and just keeping up with life. So far, here are a couple of new things I’ve noticed on HRT:

  • The THIRST: Spironolactone is a diuretic, traditionally used to treat heart failure and hypertension. Since it forces you to urinate more than usual, I’ve been waking up in the mornings feeling something like this:
    The thirst is real, everyone.
    The thirst is real, everyone.

    So, I’ve been drinking water like it’s going out of style.

  • Intensifying Emotions: I don’t think mood swings have quite kicked in for me yet. I have, though, experienced that day-to-day things that would normally be given a second’s thought now affect my mood in more pronounced ways. I’ve never been one to hide my feelings well anyhow, but it’s even more apparent if I’m in a surly or bubbly mood. A colleague commented that I left work one day looking pretty bummed out. My friend likens this to an “expanding range of emotion”, which I’m apt to agree with. For now, though, please keep the ice cream away. 🙂
  • Weight Loss: I’m not sure if this is due to my increased activity level, but I noticed a few LBs come off, the past week or so. Either way, I’ll take it.

I’m sure things will get more interesting as the weeks come off the calendar, and I start to notice more noticeable changes. Until then, stay tuned.

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