Hi ladies!... I'm recovering from a very bad bout of Bronchitis and it led me to ponder on the subject of T* health. Face it, we are unique individuals in a world of unique individuals. First thought... if you are considering taking, or are currently taking Hetrotypic* Hormones, either by scrip or on the sly... blood tests are not just important, they are urgent... female hormones are very very powerful, I'd say even more so than male hormones. they can effect and damage many of your vital organs, kidneys and liver especially. they can increase your risk of breast cancer, so, self exams are a must, and not as much fun as you might think.
Next, smoking. Don't. Quit if you do, but smoking and HRT** do not mix... you will rocket into a very high risk group for heart disease and stroke.
Exercise... it sounds sexist but this is true... Men lose weight easier than women do... and the culprit is Estrogen. so if you are over your target weight for a woman of your height, and haven't started HRT yet, lose it now. take it from me... it don't go easy after you've been taking hormones. Don't believe me? Ask any woman trying to shed the 'baby weight'. Diet and exercise are your best friends.
Mental health is a whole 'nother subject and I will post at length, but one thing I will say now is that we gender gifted, ever at odds with, most if not all societies, have a greater chance of being depressed than most people and that includes our T* Brothers as well as you Sisters. Learn the signs of Depression and if you think that it sounds like you, please, please, please seek help. to many brilliant T*'s die by their own hands.
*Hetrotypic... basically opposite. hetrotypic hormones are estrogen and progesterone for men and androgen and testosterone for women
**HRT hormone replacement therapy.