- 6:58 am - Sun, Sep 9, 2012
Q: to your anon with IBS: I've been on T for almost a year and suffered with IBS since I was very young. No difference that I've noticed, just have to be careful what you eat with the increased appetite and managing stress related to transition.
- 9:08 pm - Sat, Sep 8, 2012
Q: Hi, just wanted to make a comment about your response to that post about transitioning fast. the Tavistock and Portman clinic only offer hormone blockers under 18, you still have to wait until after 18 to start hormones on the nhs, just wanted to put this out there before other people assume something. Thanks for running this blog by the way, it's just great to have something for us all here in the UK :P
Thanks for the message. I do however know two or three people who started hormones under 18 (all of them 16 or 17 iirc) through the Tavistock. I think it’s an exceptional thing, not a common one though!
Also no worries :)
- 2:50 pm
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Q: People who want to 'transition asap' Transition is not a race. It is not something to be rushed. Please be careful, take your time and be safe. Transitioning faster will not make you more of a man faster, it will make things more complicated and turn your life upside down. Emotional-wise it will fuck you up if you rush into it. There is a reason you have to see psychiatrists, clinicians and wait until you're 18 to start hormones on the NHS.
This is very sound advice. I (Matt), started to transition socially / emotionally a long time before I started hormones - I was contemplating medical transition at fourteen and started at nineteen and a half. I do think however that people can be ready before eighteen, and actually you can start hormones younger than that through the Portman and Tavistock clinic in London.
I agree thoroughly that there’s a lot that’s worth thinking through before hormones though.
- 2:41 pm
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Q: I'm going on T in two weeks but I'm scared as I have irritable bowel. Will the T make it go away? I heard that born males with it take T an it's disappeared will it with me?
I’m not sure, but I don’t think so. I’ll post this and see if anyone has any ideas.
- 2:40 pm
Q: Hey, I'm a 14 year old transmale hoping to transition on the NHS asap. I live near Newcastle and was wondering if anyone knew if there is a Gender Identity Clinic near here? I've looked on google but not really had much luck.
Because you’re fourteen, it’s probable that you’d be seen by the Portman and Tavistock in London, I *believe* they’re the only clinic that see under sixteens. The team in Sunderland certainly only see 18+s (according to their website), and the team in Leeds I can’t be sure about, but I think your only option is London. Sorry mate!
- 5:10 pm - Sat, Aug 25, 2012
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Q: Hi im starting t end of the year but I hate needles an want the gel\cream would they give me it? Only I'm gonna refuse needles but I read here that you need a reason to want gel/cream Is I hate needles an refuse them a good reason? Or what you think? I'm terrified of them like faint on site please help Only I really want t desperately
You should be given the choice of what T you want. Charing Cross always seem to push Sustanon on people but ultimately the choice is up to you.
I have always maintained I don’t like needles (not strictly true I just didn’t want to be on Sustanon) and therefore was given gel (even though the type of gel was changed when I went through the NHS).
Basically, yes, you should be able to have gel. Usually Testim, Testogel or Tostran as these are the main types in the UK. Just be very adamant about it.
Hope that helps!
- 3:05 pm
Q: I don't have an exception certificate. In my local chemist they never ask so I get my prescriptions free. But if I had to pay for testosterone how much would it be? I'm I'm the Middlesex area. I need an exact or rough idea as I have no money so would be a total nightmare.
About £7.20 per prescription from your GP. I’m not exactly sure because I’m in a different situation.
If they don’t ask, as I understand it you’re still liable for not paying if the PCT decide to look at your prescriptions and see.
- 8:27 am
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Q: How much would T be in the uk on the NHS. Just in case I had to pay?
If you’re getting it on the NHS you have to pay prescription charges, which are around £7.20 per prescription, unless you’re exempt.
- 9:22 am - Thu, Jul 19, 2012
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Just wondering if there’s any one in Wales (UK) around here who is also ftm? Any one else is also welcome to come chat or follow or whatever :) daniel-who.tumblr.com
- 9:19 am
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There’s maybe someone from Southampton?
I’m moving there in two months and that would be nice to know someone from there.
If you want to know something more about me: http://trans-couple.tumblr.com/
- 1:23 pm - Fri, Jul 13, 2012
Q: what is the pricing of blood tests for dr curtis?? and how look does it take to get the results
I’m sorry, I’ve only just seen this, and I don’t know…!
- 1:23 pm
Q: hello , I`m coming to England to be a refugee , I`m a transman from Iran , I want to know if my case in accepted for refugee and then I wanted to do the phalloplasty in Belgium with Prof Monstrey , will NHS pay for my surgery in Belgium ?
Hi, sorry, I’ve only just seen this.
If you become a British citizen, then as far as I know you’re entitled to the same treatment as any other British citizen, and I know some guys have managed to fight for the funding to go to Belgium but I think it’s hard.
- 5:57 pm - Fri, Jun 8, 2012
Q: Do they still do prescriptions for testosterone gel on the NHS? I've been doing a bit of searching and found a couple of people who have got it, but that was a while ago. I've heard it's more expensive, so will it be harder to get? I'd rather not get the injections because I have a severe needle phobia. I'm going to CHX and I'm worried they're just not going to listen to anything I say and just do whatever they want.
Yes, they do. I’ve (Matt) had gel prescribed on the NHS with no problems and I know others in the same situation. It’s harder to get - you have to explain why injectable forms aren’t possible for you - but if you do that then they’re generally willing to prescribe gel.