So, you’re ready to take the next step in changing your outside appearance to match how you feel inside. Transition is an exciting time in the life of a transgender woman. The transition often starts with taking female hormones and is usually followed up with surgery. However, with so many dangers associated with taking synthetic hormones, can a trans woman take phytoestrogen as a safer alternative to become more feminine?
What is Phytoestrogen?
Phytoestrogen is all natural estrogen made from plants. They have similar effects as that of synthetic estrogen that’s man-made from laboratories, but minus all the scary side effects. There is a long history of use for cisgendered women, or women that identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, in taking phytoestrogen to rejuvenate their sex organs and tighten their vagina.
What are the effects of taking Phytoestrogen?
When a cisgendered woman takes phytoestrogen, it directly affects her estrogen-stimulated organs, such as her breasts and vagina. It helps them recover faster after childbirth, keep their vaginal walls tight and lubricated and their breasts perky. It’s also taken by women who are experiencing menopause to ease the horrible symptoms menopause brings with it.
But you have to understand that not everyone is the same. Some trans women report noticing results after taking phytoestrogen in just 3 weeks and some after many years.
When should you take Phytoestrogen?
According to those who have undergone hormone therapy and surgery for transition, they suggest taking phytoestrogen just to kick-start the change. It means you should start taking phytoestrogen before you see your doctor about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and stop taking it about 6 months before you actually start HRT.
In order for you to start seeing some feminine results, you have to overpower the testosterone, or male hormones, in your body.
Testosterone is the main hormone in males that makes a man, well…manlier. It’s the one that is responsible for the growth of his penis and testes, or “balls”. It stimulates the growth of facial, pubic and body hair and also deepens his voice and helps build muscles.
So, in order for you to transition into a woman, you have to overpower the effects of testosterone and take high amounts of estrogen to mask the testosterone. That’s why trans women need to take much higher amounts of phytoestrogen compared to cisgendered women.
Not all phytoestrogen are the same. Kacip Fatimah is one of the herbs that contain high-quality phytoestrogen that can supply a trans woman’s body with the type of phytoestrogen it needs to help her change.
Tips to help with the transition
Besides getting surgery or estrogen/phytoestrogen therapy, it’s important to carefully monitor your diet. Food has a big impact on the levels of various hormones in your body; some foods increase estrogen levels while others increase testosterone. You’ll want to avoid those that increase male hormones and lean towards foods that will help you become more feminine.
Fruits and Vegetables – dried prunes, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, winter squash, alfalfa sprouts, green beans, collard greens, broccoli and cabbage. They contain small amounts of phytoestrogen that can help balance your hormones and decrease levels of testosterone. It’s not a replacement for synthetic estrogen or phytoestrogen capsules/tablets, but they can help you during your change.
Protein – helps build breast tissue and aid in breast development.
Soy – contains higher amounts of phytoestrogen than most plants, but keep in mind not all soy are the same.
Flax seeds– just like soy, is on the top of the list for containing high amounts of phytoestrogen.
Foods to avoid
Foods that are anti-feminizing or are known to increase testosterone in the body should be avoided, such as the following:
Simple carbohydrates– sugar and white bread will increase your insulin level. High levels of insulin in the body will also increase levels of testosterone.
Foods high in Zinc –oysters, beef, pork, turkey,chicken liver and pumpkin seeds.
Caffeine – caffeine can impede breast growth. So if you want those incredible tatas, you best cut caffeine out of your diet.
Your changes won’t happen overnight. Becoming a transgender woman takes a great deal of patience and you have to set realistic expectations. Do your homework and map out what to expect on your journey and what things you can do to make the transition easier. Making little changes here and there like on what foods to eat or avoid and taking essentials herbs containing phytoestrogen are simple to do and can help make for a smoother transition.