Effect on Trans Health (Hormone therapy, SRH, etc.)

What is Hormone Therapy?

Hormones are chemicals produced by our bodies and are responsible for creating differences in biological sex physical traits, such as facial hair or deepness of voice. Many transgender men and women rely on hormone therapy as part of their transition process after recognizing their gender identities. Hormone therapy has been known to have positive physical and psychological impact on the ones receiving it and is considered important for the cross-gender transformation. Hormone therapy is tailored according to the needs and transition goals of the individual and the therapy helps the individual to embrace and accept their true selves better by giving them a facial, physical and reproductive changes they desire. Hormone therapy helps to improve the lives of transgender people as it not only improves their mood, sexual function and general psychology but also helps them to be better fit and socially acceptable as their desired gender.

Lack of Access and Medical Issues

Transgender individuals in Nepal have been facing the lack of hormone replacement medication during this crisis. As many transgender men and women rely on hormonal medication, they have been undergoing problems due to the unavailability. This has invited a set of problems in the sexual and reproductive health of the transgender people as their hormones and bodily functions are dependent on the medication. The improper and irregular dosing of the medications can lead to complications such as mental deterioration, significant changes in body functions and can have metabolic effects in the body.

Transgender men generally have bitter experiences during their menstruation every month but their stress and problems regarding their periods have amplified given the present scenario. Monthly periods are a stressful time for trans men as it is perceived as a sign of femininity. Trans men identity themselves as men despite being born as a biologically female and every month when their menstruation takes place, they are reminded of their sexual characteristics.

Further Ramifications from Lack of Access

It is not only physically painful time but a mentally exhausting time too. Trans men have reported several incidents of harassment, humiliation and mockery in stores while purchasing sanitary products and they have also been subjected to inappropriate questioning and interrogation regarding their reproductive organs and gender identity by people. Trans men have usually avoided local shops because of the constant scrutiny and interferences from strangers as well as shopkeepers and they have been facing difficulties as the department stores have closed due to prohibitory orders and they are left with no option than to go to the local shops.

Transgender men generally have bitter experiences during their menstruation every month but their stress and problems regarding their periods have amplified given the present scenario. Monthly periods are a stressful time for trans men as it is perceived as a sign of femininity. Trans men identity themselves as men despite being born as a biologically female and every month when their menstruation takes place, they are reminded of their sexual characteristics.