Better Living Through Chemistry

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Spironolactone blocks the production of testosterone, Estradiol is one of the forms of estrogen that our bodies produce.

I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉

On a side note, it would have taken me years and thousands of dollars (paid to doctors and psychologists) to get these only 10 or 15 years ago. And it still takes people in the UK (who use the national health system, which most people do) years to get them.

And after jumping through a million humiliating hoops, you can still be told ‘no’ by some “authority!”

Imagine that. Imagine if you had to justify every medical procedure you wanted or needed. To multiple people. Over the course of at least a year.

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it.

I did an intake meeting (over the phone) with the clinic where I got my prescription on October 13th. On October 30th I had my first appointment with a nurse practitioner, on November 16th I met with him again, he looked at my blood work, sent the prescriptions to the pharmacy near the house and I picked them up on the way home.

So it was 34 days from the intake to the prescription.

To be fair, I did contact the clinic for the first time in September, so it took a minute to get the intake appointment. But even then, it’s all pretty fast.

It was fast because California is an informed consent state. So rather than years of costly doctor and therapy appointments, a doctor (or as in my case, a nurse practitioner) goes over the pros and cons, possible side-effects, and you say, “Got it,” and that’s it.

I’m simplifying because I’m a simplifier, but it’s not really much more involved than that.

And it shouldn’t be more involved than that.

The “gatekeeper” system that still exists in many places is insulting, infantilizing, and inhuman. And probably a few other words that start with ‘i.’

It’s like every other area in life where a government or authority presumes to tell you what’s best for you. Because how could the likes of you possibly know what’s good for the likes of you? I mean, some of this shit is permanent! You might be making a terrible mistake that you’ll wake up one day and regret! And they, in their magnanimous benevolence, want to prevent that.

Mm-hmm. What they really want is to control you. Either out of good old misogyny or the more recent (but still ancient, it just has a name now) trans-phobia.

Well, I can’t complain too much about it since it hasn’t affected me (so far). We’ll see. The whole world is kind of we’ll see these days, not just me.


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