Not everyone who identifies as transgender chooses to or is able to pursue a medical transition (which can include surgeries, hormones, or a combination).  Testosterone injections are an integral part of my own personal journey, however, and have helped me to begin actually seeing in the mirror the person I have known myself to be since I was a small child.

I began testosterone injections on May 23, 2012.

*Note: I am not including updates on my monthly cycle, because I had a hysterectomy one year before starting T, so I hadn’t had one since May 2011. I am also not including updates about “lower” growth, because family and close friends may be reading this site, and I’d rather keep that separate. That said, if you have a specific question about that, I would be more than happy to answer it – please email me directly at rhysharper@gmail.com. 

Month #1

  • Voice: My throat was very scratchy, and it almost felt like I was getting some kind of cold or upper respiratory bug. I believe that the tone of my voice started to change slightly, but nothing really noticeable.
  • Face: No structural change.
  • Hair: No facial hair, increase in leg and arm hair, as well as stomach hair and hair in my groin. Happy trail starting to get darker.
  • Muscle: Already started getting noticeably harder. Not so much larger – but harder.
  • Acne: My acne was really bad when/before I started T. It was really, really bad this month… Face looked like a pepperoni pizza.
  • Libido: Huge, huge increase.
  • Appetite: Ravenous. All the time.
  • Emotional/Mental: Pretty much no change at this point.
  • Other: My body odor increased, and just in general, “my” smell started to change. Also, my urine seemed to smell more intense/worse.

Month #2

  • Voice: Started to drop – not a lot, but definitely noticeable.
  • Face: Started to see slight change in structure – face was less round, became more angular.
  • Hair: Started to get some extra peach fuzz all around my face, but nothing too crazy or noticeable.
  • Muscle: Still gaining muscle tone and strength without needing to work out.
  • Acne: Acne started to clear up a little. Looked much better than month #1.
  • Libido: Oh man. Now I understand teenage boys.
  • Appetite: Still ravenous. Still all the time.
  • Emotional/Mental: Didn’t really feel anything different at this point, except excitement of anticipating more changes.
  • Other: Definitely get sweaty easier, and need to take showers more often.

Month #3

  • Voice: Really starting to drop! People I haven’t seen in a few weeks were pointing this out – and I had to change my voicemail recording for the first time.
  • Face: Definitely starting to see more of a difference. My eyebrows were also filling in and getting a little bushier.
  • Hair: Peach fuzz still growing. Happy trail getting happier. Leg hair really getting darker and filling in more.
  • Muscle: Dang, my muscles are getting harder!
  • Acne: Acne was, surprisingly, continuing to improve. In fact, it was the best/most clear it had been since I was a pre-teen.
  • Libido: Still very high.
  • Appetite: Still hungry pretty much all the time.
  • Emotional/Mental: Starting to notice some changes in the way I process emotions. Seems to be a little harder to pinpoint how I’m feeling and talk about it – especially when put on the spot.
  • Other:

Month #4

  • Voice: Voice is a totally different tone and is cracking a lot. Can’t sing at all.
  • Face: Starting to see more structural changes, and starting to appear more male.
  • Hair: Starting to see the peach fuzz get a little darker above my upper lip. Needing to shave about every other week.
  • Muscle: Still getting harder and stronger!
  • Acne: Acne was, surprisingly, continuing to improve. In fact, it was the best/most clear it had been since I was a pre-teen.
  • Libido: Still very high.
  • Appetite: Still hungry pretty much all the time.
  • Emotional/Mental: Noticed that my instinct now is to get angry instead of sad. Don’t have any problems controlling my anger – it is just a different way of reacting than I used to.
  • Other: