I wanted to post here, because there's a fair bit of conjecture and misinformation in the responses presented thus far.I'm a transgirl, and know these drugs and their effects well
The drugs sprioactone and Androcur are caled antiandogens. They will NOT cause feminization alone, what they will do is reduce your serum testosterone levels. This is what causes the hair to become thinner and lighter and more like a females, because testosterone is the mechanism that makes them thicker and darker in the first place. Other effects of testosterone is increased energy, and increased body strength, especially upper body strength, so if you are on an antiandrogen you can expect to tire easily and have less overall strength over time.
To the best of my knowledge, birth control pills do not contain antiandrogens. They do contain Estrogen which is a different mechanism altogether, but if feminization is your goal they are a really lousy source of it, they tend to contain varying amounts of estrogen and contain some other things that are not desireable and may be even dangerous if feminization is your goal. It's true some developing countries transgirls do do this, but they suffer other medical issues as a result.
Estrogen is a bit different. It DOES cause feminization, redistribution of body fat to the hips and face, and of course to the breasts. Just because you take estrogen doesnt mean you will get feminizing effects, I can introduce you to alot of transgirls who get breast augmentation because their breasts never grew.
There are other sources of estrogen, in particualr concentrated SOY. The type of estrogen in soy is referred to as phytoestrogen ( sorry I prolly spelled that wrong) in that it is bioidentical to estrogen, it has the same effect and is close to, but isnt necessarily estrogen. Research has shown that these bioidentical estrogens are less effective than body produced estrogen, and ironically can cause less feminization because they dont work as well, and block access to estrogen receptors by body produced estrogen.Therefore, eating a ton of soy isnt the best method of feminization and may even be undesireable.
If hair loss is your goal, you may be disappointed with antiandrogens. It usually doesnt make you lose hair. Laser and electrolysis do. It will make them lighter and thinner, so less noticeable but the number of hairs generally stays the same, with some mild decrease because your body isnt generating as much new hair growth.
If feminization is your goal, PLEASE see a qualified endocrinologist. Most states and canada there are doctors who operate under informed consent. In other words you dont need a psychologists or other gatekeepers approval to start HRT. There are a number of serious side effects that come with these drugs, including and especially liver failure and blood pressure issues that can cause death. These risks are doubled if you smoke.Being monitored by a qualified doctor is absolutely critical, along with regular blood work.
I also want to stress that if you are not a traqnssexual these drugs are not recommended. They have other effects. For example reduction in sperm count that eventually leads to PERMANENT sterilization. I myself have almost zero sex drive. and when I do orgasm, nothing comes out. If you ever plan on having children, antiandrogens are not for you. Breast reduction surgery carrys it's own risks, and cost thousands of dollars to have performed. It's generally not covered by government health plans in Canada. Also the endocrine system needs some kind of hormone to operate on the long term, so if you eliminate testosterone without having estrogen as a replacement, there are other problems that occur. One or the other is needed by your body to continue living.
Edited by SeanaTG (08/25/13 03:07 PM)