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Last call for Colt's FTM testosterone study [Apr. 4th, 2010|12:15 am]
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Are you 18 or older? Do you currently identify as a female-to-male transgender or transsexual, or have identified as FTM in the past and now identify as male but have NOT started T (or started less than one month ago)?
A self-identified transgender male, Stacey Colt Meier, is conducting a research study on persons who are starting T. He is a doctoral student at the University of Houston and the results from this study will be used for his Doctoral Dissertation. The purpose of this research is to examine changes in cognitive functioning, emotional reactivity, and personality due to testosterone.
In order to qualify for this study you must be at least 18 years old. You must not have started testosterone (or have been on T for less than one month) before the first testing session. You must plan to start testosterone in the next 5 months and plan on taking testosterone for at least one year. If you are interested, email Colt at ftmresearch@gmail.com with your first name and telephone number. He will call you for an initial telephone screen.
The study consists of three sessions lasting 2 to 3 hours each where Colt will send questionnaires to non-local participants. Local participants will be measured at the Univesrity of Houston. These measures will be conducted over the period of one year: first pre-T (up to one month on T), second 3-4 months after starting T, and third 10-12 months after starting T. You will be asked to fill out questionnaires that assess basic demographic information, personal transitioning plans, personality, and emotional reactivity. Local participants will take a psychological test that measures intellectual functioning. This study has been reviewed and approved by the Committee for Protecting Human Subjects at the University of Houston.

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This ad has been approved by the UH IRB.
Thank you all for your help with recruiting. This project is ongoing and has been a good experience for everyone involved thus far.
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Hey Y'all! [Apr. 3rd, 2010|06:46 pm]
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[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]

I'm Nome and I started T 3 days ago. I am doing 4 pumps of androgel once a day. Woot. No real effects yet, besides a slightly increased libido (although that might be psychosomatic and/or just my natural libido) and nausea for a couple hours after dosing up (which is getting better every day). Anyhow, this account is mostly just to document my changes.

I am genderqueer, use the pronouns ze/zan and am aiming for a more androgynous, male-lite look and sound.
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FTM Research Survey on Vocal Satisfaction [Mar. 19th, 2010|12:30 am]
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The manuscript for my thesis study on the sexual attractions of FTMs is currently in preparation and I will be posting the final draft when it is accepted for publication. In the meantime, my colleague Vica is a linguist from Rice University in Houston and she is interested in studying the voices of FTMs. Here's her survey. It took me 9 minutes to complete.

"My name is Vica Papp and I am a speech scientist at Rice University, Houston, TX. My PhD research concerns the voice experiences, vocal
health, and vocal satisfaction of all transmen and FTMs. In order to better inform the transgender, medical and academic communities about the speech-related experiences, concerns and needs of transmen and FTMs I created an online questionnaire.
The time required to complete the questionnaire is about 20 minutes and all FTMs and transmen over 18 years old are eligible to fill out the questionnaire _regardless of testosterone use_. Your answers are completely confidential and encrypted.

For the survey please follow the link below

Please encourage other transmen and FTMs to fill out the questionnaire.

Thank you for your help,

Vica Papp, MSc., MA., MA"

Hope you're well!
Stacey Colt Meier, M.A.
Clinical Psychology
University of Houston
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8 days since I started T and I get random spotting [Feb. 20th, 2010|04:41 pm]
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I finished my last hell(period) 4 days before my first shot, I went though a moody day the 5th day after starting and since then felt better, but I'm getting some spotting every now and then, its really minimal, maybe once in a whileafter I use the bathroom I'll see a little bit of blood. Could I get another period soon or just spot for a while and then it ceases, how was your exp. when you started T? I'm on 200mg every 2 weeks. I'm very happy with everything else I've exp(minus using the bathroom a bit more often than normal)
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mod note [Feb. 19th, 2010|12:36 am]
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a post was deleted for promoting a private blog.
if you guys have news re: trans issues that you want to share, please head over to transnews, or ftm when appropriate.

also, i just updated the list on the profile page with the two guys that emailed me in december and january. sorry it took me so long! as a fyi for everybody else, if you want to reach me, please feel free to send me a private message here on lj or email me at my username at gmail.com. i'll reply much faster!

cheers guys, and apologies again for the delayed update,

nicholas (the mod)
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As of 8:30 this morning (Central time) I'm on T!!!! [Feb. 12th, 2010|02:29 pm]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

The injection was really easy, it didn't hurt a bit. I'm on

200mg every other week, Testoserone Enanthate and I'm 22 years old.

What I have exp. since 6 hours ago, I'm sure some (but not all) of this is psychosomatic

- oily taste in my mouth
- oily smell on myself
- a bit of a scratchy throat
- a little bit of dicklet growth, I swear it feels like something is growing down there already
- got some nausea out of the blue, but its better now
- I'm tired right now
- my mind feels more clear (i had some issues with some brain fog in the past)
- I have (IC) which makes me use the bathroom a lot, and since the shot, I haven't gone anywhere near as much (I sure hope it stays that way, as that would be awesome!
- my skin feels a little bit tighter on my face
- the thigh I injected the T into is a bit sore

So yeah today was T DAY!!!! :D

EDIT: After 22 hrs after starting T
- Sinus pressure, but I don't have a stuffed up nose, nor is it running
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Is there any differences between using Testosterone Enanthate compare to Cypionate [Feb. 10th, 2010|07:29 pm]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

My pharmacy has ordered my T (which is Testosterone Enanthate) and I see a lot of people take Cypionate, other than Cypionate being cheaper what is the difference between the two?

EDIT: Quote removed
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I'm gonna be starting T roughly on Weds! [Feb. 8th, 2010|06:40 pm]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

My doctor said he will be calling my local Target to get me the prescription, he's having me wait till then, as he's gonna talk to a local surgeon who could do top surgery for me for roughly $5000, so that's why I'm waiting. I'm soo very excited! and he didn't do any blood work actually, and I was told for future lab work, that I'll get a discount and We'll set up a payment plan. Anyone have any hints on how I should do my first injection on Weds night? I'll update this with my dosage and type of T.

Oh and a few questions! How fast after starting T, did you exp. some voice changes and any kind of changes? How were you after your first month, 2nd month, 3rd month?

When I give myself my first injection, should I do it in my thigh or butt? I heard its better in the butt, and what you do is squeeze the muscle/fat and poke the needle in. Well of course you first clean the skin with an alcohol swab. I have read a lot about injections, but now since I know I'll be starting, I want to know the right place and how.
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How many of you guys on here were able to start T on your first doctor/endo visit? [Dec. 23rd, 2009|03:47 pm]
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I'm seeing a Gynocologist and wondering how many of you guys got on T on your first visit? I look forward to starting T >.< my appointment is on the 11th of Jan for the first visit, but wasn't given any info on what will happen in that first visit.
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2009|10:46 am]
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[Current Mood |indescribable]

ok i was just woundering if anyone could tell me the diff. of using the cream or getting a shot of T my dr wants 2 give me the cream but I dont know much about it....so if you could help me out that would be great.
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