Feminizing hormone therapy (FHT) is a treatment that uses hormones to change the physical appearance and characteristics of transgender women. The goal of FHT is to make patients’ outward appearance more consistent with their inner gender identity, making them feel more comfortable in their own skin.
There are many different types of feminizing hormone therapies available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common type of FHT is estrogen therapy, which can help patients achieve softer skin, reduced body hair growth, and breast development. However, estrogen therapy can also cause side effects like weight gain and mood swings. Another type of FHT is anti-androgen therapy, which blocks the effects of testosterone in the body. This can help reduce masculine features like facial hair and muscle mass while also helping to preserve fertility for transgender women who may want to have children in the future. However, anti-androgen therapy can cause side effects like hot flashes and fatigue.