Help me get hormones
January 13, 2010 9:11 AM Subscribe
Should I try to convince a particular doctor to prescribe me (a transsexual man) testosterone? If so, how should I go about it?
posted by anonymous to human relations (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am a transsexual man (that's female-to-male) in the process of trying to hormonally transition. Many doctors are reluctant to prescribe testosterone without a letter from a therapist verifying that you've been psychologically evaluated, though some will do it using an informed consent model. I don't have the resources to track down a therapist after the one I was seeing refused to write the letter on invalid grounds.
A few months back I found a doctor who said she might be willing to prescribe testosterone for me once she'd done more research and was convinced it was safe. Well, she just got back to me, and she's refusing to prescribe on the grounds that some of the effects are irreversible. I sent her a reply telling her that that's what I want, and that I am informed about the entire process. It's been a week and she hasn't gotten back to me. There is one other doctor* I'm looking into and have an appointment with, but if he doesn't work out I'm sunk.
*The first is a GP, and the second is an endocrinologist who has never prescribed HRT before.
Should I keep pushing the first doctor, or let it go? I've considered talking to her in person, but that means confronting her in the health center, which means paying the bill for a visit. There are plenty of arguments I could use, but I don't know how to deliver them, or if they would just end up making me look stubborn.
How should I handle this?