New Research Finds 75% of Trans Women Can't Suppress Testosterone, Even With Hormone Therapy

Brittany M. Hughes | March 1, 2018
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A full three out of four transwomen who undergo hormone therapy to “transition” into being female never reach normal female hormone levels, according to a new scientific study.

I know. It's almost like it was designed to be that way or something.

Here’s how it works, in a nutshell. Average adult males have testosterone levels ranging anywhere between 270-1,070 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). Women’s testosterone levels, on the other hand, average about 15-70 ng/dL – obviously, a much lower level.

When a biological male decides he feels like a woman and chooses to medically force his physical body into accepting this delusion, he starts hormone therapy. To achieve this, he goes on a regimen of spironolactone and estradiol, drugs meant to lower his naturally high testosterone levels to the much lower female level.

But according to a new medical study of nearly 100 transgender “women,” only about one in four were able to reach a testosterone level low enough to match the average natural-born female’s."

The study found that even after undergoing hormone therapy for three and a half years, “Only one quarter of transgender women who received spironolactone for testosterone suppression achieved testosterone levels considered within the usual female range, according to results of a new single-center, cross-sectional study.”

The highest suppression quartile achieved a mean testosterone level of 27 ng/dL. The second highest quartile did not achieve testosterone levels in the female range, but remained below the male range almost all the time. The least suppressed quartile was unable to achieve any significant testosterone suppression.

Participants with normal BMI showed the steepest decline in testosterone over the 9 months (average time to reach steady state) but did not reach the female range overall. 


Maybe because they aren’t women.

But of course, we aren’t allowed to ask whether playing God with people’s hormones like an overworked soccer mom trying to make a casserole out of whatever she’s got lying about in her pantry might have something to do with the fact that 45 percent of transgender patients who undergo hormone therapy attempt suicide.