7 Tips to Starting Your Transition From MTF
Transitioning is a big step for many trans women and thus, it is often confusing, overwhelming and distressing for people.
There are many questions that might be plaguing you at this moment. These seven tips will address many of them and try to simplify your transitioning.
However, before we delve into this topic, let us remember that each person experiences transitioning differently.
Surgeries and hormones have different effects on different people so there is no one way to transition. However, these tips may help.
Firstly, begin your transition process as soon as you are ready. However, don’t rush it. That is, get on hormones as soon as you are ready.
Come out when you want to. However, don’t try to accomplish everything overnight. Often, people turn to androgyny as a first step as there are many grey areas and intersections during this process.
You can turn to normal tees with a slightly feminine cut before progressing to other, more obvious attires. Moreover, getting on hormones at an early stage is effective in curbing the production of testosterone.
When you start transitioning before coming out, you will not find the need to rush through the process.
Next, starting laser and electrolysis as soon as you can is a great idea. This is especially true if you have already developed facial hair.
If possible, go through this before you come out since it takes a lot of time and effort and is a gradual process. They are also expensive procedures so you may need to save up.
It is painful, time-consuming, and expensive so get started on it as soon as you can.
The third tip is to conduct adequate research. During this period, Google and YouTube are your best friends. This is especially true if you do not have many acquaintances from the LGBTQ+ community.
Today, you can find information regarding any aspect of transition- from surgeries to styling your hair and makeup as a trans woman. More importantly, you can learn about the rules and regulations for transitioning in your state or region.
For each state, there are different legal regulations to change your name, gender, and other data. It is good to have this information handy.
The fourth tip is to buy your clothes from thrift stores or ask your friends for their old clothes.
The fact is that it takes a lot of money to transform your wardrobe. It definitely helps to save money where you can.
Look for cheap basics with which you can create amazing outfits. This will also give you enough time to develop your own style.
In line with the previous tip, always buy clothes that fit well against your body. For trans women, hips and breasts are always areas of concerns and insecurities.
That is why, it is crucial to work on buying the right clothes. For instance, an A Line skirt works better than a pencil skirt by adding flair to your hips.
You can use padded bras and hip pads and anything else that makes you feel comfortable.
The next tip is that “less is more.” In a world where subtlety and minimalism are trending, it is best not to overdo things- this includes clothes, makeup, hair, voice, and your overall femininity.
If you're extremely made up or pairing up a gold shirt with silver pants, you would not only attract attention but also fail at passing, if that is your goal.
While makeup and clothes are amazing, you can turn to dainty outfits and everyday nude makeup looks to express yourself while still fitting in.
This holds true for your voice as well. It is natural to want to sound high-pitched when you begin to start transitioning; however, it is important not to overdo it.
Otherwise, it might start to sound fake, which is something you wouldn’t want. Try not to strain your voice excessively and ensure that your high-pitched voice is closer to your actual voice.
Basically, the idea is to not try too hard or too much.
Lastly, remember to always be authentic. Do what feels right or comfortable to you. Your transition is your own journey.
It is imperative that you sit down with yourself and decide who you want to be as you transition to your true self.
There are a lot of things that make you ‘you.’ You are a trans woman; but you are also so much more. Explore yourself as you start your transitioning journey.
We hope these seven tips have helped you in some way! Transitioning is a beautiful journey that you are undertaking for yourself. So, let yourself breathe and take one step at a time. Good luck!!
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