Question: Birth control and T

Vinegar asks…

I’m not FTM, but I am genderqueer. I would like to take testosterone, or natural
t-boosters/estrogen suppressors for the secondary masculine sexual characteristics, but I’m on birth control. I can find NO experiences online to help me figure out if that is even possible.

Does anybody have any experience with this? (Discontinuing birth control is not an option, currently.)

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Posted by on April 24th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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7 Responses to “Question: Birth control and T”

  1. Anonymous

    I wanted the same thing too. My doctor told me that as long as I was on T (I was on a low dosage of it before I had to stop for personal reasons, by far not enough for infertility) I wouldn’t be given birth control, although I’m not sure if that was simply their policy or if it had another reason. All I got was ‘this is not how it’s done’ kind of wall of a response, absolute denial. I’d like to know the truth of this matter too, with T starting to be on the agenda again.


  2. The Nerd

    I’ve read that you can be on progesterone-only birth control and on T, like the shot or something. Ask your doctor to look into that.


    Anonymous replied:

    This. I’ve been on a low dose of T gel/cream since 2011 and also take the progesterone-only pill to fully suppress menses.


  3. theocraticjello

    Planned Parenthood has a lot of good information on this. If you are in the states, you might try them. They have a Tumblr that answers questions, and has answered this question before here:


  4. Anonymous

    I’m assuming that you can’t be off hormonal birth control here, but just throwing this out here for the sake of knowledge, there are other non-hormonal, more-permanent forms of birth control out there which can mesh with T.

    Like I said, I don’t think this fits your scenario, but wanted to elaborate. I second checking out Planned Parenthood. They’ve been very trans friendly and had a lot of good info where I live, which is a pretty transphobic area.


  5. MEl

    Just a thought but I know a few people that use paragard iud and love it.
    May or may not be what your looking for but it’s something that might work if your looking for non-permanent no hormone birthcontrol. :)


  6. Ian

    you CAN take testosterone and hormonal birth control (estrogen and/or progesterone based forms) simultaneously, without compromising the effects of either. i specifically asked this question to Maddie Deutsch, who is at the forefront of transition-related care.


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