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Know what you are taking! Some transgender people take hormones without medical help by buying them on-line or on the street or by sharing someone else’s prescription. This is very risky! Hormones can have bad side effects and can also increase the chance of getting other diseases. If you are taking hormones on your own you can still get your blood levels checked and the side effects monitored.

But, the best idea is to talk to a health professional about what you are getting into. If you decide to start using hormones, keep to the dosage and phases, and carefully read the instructions you are given. Remember, it’s a lot safer to take pills than shoot—avoid needles if possible.

For more information on how to find a healthcare provider that is trans-positive contact an AIDS serving organization near you and ask for a referral. [Check out the Getting Help section for more information]

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