Ask Agony Aunt Lisa: Top Surgery

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Rainbow Counsellor Lisa Michelle is here to help with your problems.

I am 43 years old and wanting to transition. I think. I really just want my chest removed, but due to the limited health services for Transgender clients there’s a long waiting list. I am not enjoying my “womanly curves” so I’m now considering beginning Hormone Replacement Therapy and starting on testosterone. It will help my body change shape but of course other changes will occur – facial hair, deeper voice – that I’m not so keen on. What to do?

Sounds like a predicament, for sure. I hear you on the waiting list and wanting to dispel feelings of body dysphoria by speeding up the process with HRT, but some of those changes you mentioned are permanent so there’s no going back if you decide to change your mind. Do your research. Weigh up the pros and cons. See a Psychologist if you haven’t already to determine a Gender Dysphoria diagnosis. Most importantly, keep affirming yourself as you are in each stage of your journey. Your outside does not reflect your inside so be sure to maintain a positive self-view. There is no right or wrong as far as transitioning goes – some choose to fully transition, others just to begin hormones. Do what is best suited for you.

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Lisa Michelle is a Chaplain and Counsellor for the GLBT Community, working with both Rainbow Youth and OUTLine NZ as an independent consultant and also on the board of OUTLine.

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