Sexual health is part of being human!
- You may or may not have had surgery
- You may or may not take hormones
- You may or may not have sex
- Who you have sex with is unique to you
- Taking testosterone can thin the walls of the vagina. These thin walls may be more prone to cuts, tears, sores, and other bleeding, which can increase your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV
- People who take estradiol and other feminizing hormones may still make enough sperm to start a pregnancy.
- People taking testosterone and whose periods have stopped can still get pregnant.
- People who take estradiol and other feminizing hormones may have trouble keeping an erection. If this a concern you have, talk to your health care provider about potentially adjusting your doses. Keep in mind, when you take a lower dose of female hormones, the changes you may want to see may take longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What about the health of the cervix?
Do I still need a pelvic exam?
What about pumping?
What about tucking?
- Only use surgical tape. Other types of tape could peel off skin when removed.
- Cut the hair very short in the groin area, this makes it easier to remove the tape..
- Spend some time daily without tucking.
What about STIs?
- Use a condom (internal or external) or dental dam every time you have sex. External condoms, often known as “male” condoms, can be used on a penis or toys designed to be inserted in someone’s body. Internal condoms, often known as “female” condoms, can be used in the anus or vagina..
- Get tested regularly for STIs and HIV. Ask your provider how often to get tested.
- If you have an STI, get treated right way and make sure your partners do too..