Laser and or Electrolysis – Laser hair removal and Electrolysis both work to lighten and or remove hair on a specific part of your body. The difference between the two is that Electrolysis will completely remove the follicle of hair using electricity, resulting in no more hair growth. While laser concentrations light energy to heat up and damage the hair follicle, usually the hair becomes lighter and or stops growing back. The goal of laser is to get rid of or soften the hair while electrolysis is to get rid of it completely. Cost differences are also present with the average cost of laser per session being more expensive but electrolysis taking more time to get the results and needing more time in each area. For me personally, I have been doing laser for around a year now and would highly recommend it. For people who have lighter skin and darker hair, such as myself, laser works really well and can give great results. However, it can be important to note that laser doesn’t work the same on everyone, and for some, it doesn’t work at all. It may be a good idea if you want to do a lot of areas, such as your entire body, to start with laser and then do touch up with electrolysis for more troubling areas. Generally, electrolysis takes 8 – 12 sessions to get desirable results and laser takes around 5 – 10.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – Hormone replacement therapy, short for HRT, is the replacement of hormones in your body with hormones that will cause desirable effects such as masculation or feminization. Originally, HRT was only used to treat symptoms of menopause for cis women. The use of HRT for transgender people started to be utilized around the late ’70s and early ’80s with the first edition of the World Professional Association Of Transgender Health (WPATH) standard of care. We have already discussed some of the physical changes of HRT for both trans men and trans women, however, the mental changes can be just as important. Anxiety and depression both significantly decrease for trans people during the coming months and years of being on HRT. Not only that, but the feeling of being more “inline” with your emotions or with your identity can be a huge psychological step. HRT is almost always one of the first medical steps in someone’s transition and maybe one of the most important steps in someone’s transition.
Fertility – For those who want to have biological kids down the line, making sure they have fertility options available can be a priority. Trans women banking sperm may be a great and widely available option to ensure the ability to have children down the line. Pricing on keeping your sperm banked can depend very much on which bank you are choosing, however generally the initial price of collection, testing and freezing is $1,000 USD, and the price of storing after can be $100 – 400 dollars annually. The same option exists for trans men in egg banking. Pricing is anywhere from $6,000 – 10,000 USD for the initial sample and $600 USD annually for storage. Unlike sperm banking, the process of egg banking can take weeks to ensure fertility down the line. Of course, the option of adoption is always there but for those who want biological kids, fertility preservation is available.
Voice coaching – Voice coaching is widely available for both cis and trans people alike. Trans people specifically can utilize voice coaching for those who want to masculinize or feminize their voice. For those who are interested, pricing can range from $70 – 100 dollars an hour and may be covered by insurance. My experience has been a free consultation, $90 for the initial meeting of an hour, and then $70 per session which is 45 minutes. The amount of time for results can vary depending on you and your voice coach but some will see results in weeks or others may results in months. For those who have a desire to change their voice, getting a voice coach can be a very helpful resource in seeing noticeable changes in your voice.