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MTF Transition Tips With or without Hormones

This article provides several tips on transitioning, regardless of whether you want to go through with it with or without hormones.

Before we get into the tips, it is important to understand that transitioning is an extremely long process and moreover, everyone experiences it differently.

As a result, a few of these tips may apply for you while others may not. 

 

  • Haircut

Firstly, as you begin to transition, the first thing to do is get a feminine haircut. Regardless of the length of your hair, you could ask the salon professionals to cut it in a feminine manner.

It will change the overall look of your face and people will begin to perceive you differently.

While wigs, extensions, and so on are effective, at the end of the day, you would feel more connected with your identity with longer hair.    

 

  • Hobbies

As stated above, transitioning is a slow, long process. As a result, it is extremely important to have hobbies or interests that keep you occupied and distract you from the overwhelming experience.

This may be art or reading or even watching something. Look for therapeutic outlets and leverage them.

For many trans women undergoing transitioning, it is extremely fulfilling to engage in sports or hiking and so on.

If you are completely absorbed by the transitioning process, you may find it exhausting or even never-ending.

So, distract yourself, make new friends, and so on.    

 

  • Voice

Voice is often an identifier of a gender and, as a result, transitioning entails working on that as well.

Many YouTube channels offer vocal coaching lessons for the trans community. Unfortunately, hormones have no effect on your voice so you must actively work on this aspect.

This is undoubtedly one of the more important parts of transitioning. 

 

  • Who Do You Want to Be

As you begin your transitioning process, you may want to determine who you want to be once the process is complete.

What kind of a woman do you want to be?

You could look around for inspiration. Identify some women that you respect and understand what characteristics of theirs you admire the most.

For this step, journaling is a great way to choose the women you want to become post transitioning.

You can be a happy, successful trans person. These questions will also evoke thoughts about the future and take you away from the gender dysphoria that you may be experiencing today.  

 

  • Expenses

As you begin your journey towards transitioning, it is crucial to figure out what your insurance covers and does not cover.

Needless to say, surgeries, therapies, and other medical procedures are very expensive.

Depending on where you live, this may or may not be covered by your insurance.

If your current insurance provider does not cover it, you could always look for other providers.

This is, in fact, the first step you must undertake as soon as you decide that you want to undergo transitioning.

Even when these surgeries are covered, getting reimbursed is a long-drawn process so be prepared for that.  

 

  • Trans Community

Finally, remember that there is a huge and diverse trans community out there. Go out and meet them and make new friends.

You could visit your local queer areas such as a gay bar or an LGBTQ coffee shop. If your city does not have such spots, you could always interact with the community online on various support groups and forums.

Engaging with people who understand what you are going through can be extremely healing.

They can also help you better understand the procedures and surgeries and would be happy to answer any questions that you have.  

 

So these are some tips that can help you get started with transitioning or ease your mind before the big day.

We hope this helped. Good luck!!