What it’s really like to transition from female to male.

Over the past few months, there’s never been more coverage of transgender people.

Or around the concept of feeling as though you were born into the wrong body.

Celebrity figures such as Caitlyn Jenner have taken what was largely an unknown process and thrust it into the mainstream media.

But transitioning is a journey shared by both genders (and those who don’t identify either way) that is mentally, emotionally and physically taxing.

It requires a great deal of medical support and often has young Australians jumping hurdles for doctors as though they too are former Olympians.

Foster Skewis, 23, is currently undergoing hormone replacement therapy in order to transition from female to male (FTM).

Hormone replacement therapy for FTM transgender people requires individuals to take doses of testosterone.

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On the left, Skewis before medical transitioning and on the right, Skewis after almost five months on testosterone. Source: Supplied.

Skewis has been taking testosterone for five months after almost three years of deliberation. These years were spent in gender therapy, where Skewis battled with what identity felt right for him.

"I was comfortable living as an androgynous lesbian and it was just easy for me that way," he said.

"I was also really afraid of regretting the decision to transition even though I always felt jealousy when I saw other people I know transitioning and I knew I wanted to see their changes in myself."

Testosterone, even after only five months, has affected Skewis in terms of changes to his vocal register, his moods and his sex drive.

"I've found it's changed the way I enjoy sex (in a positive way)." He said.

"It's hard to articulate but I guess the increase in sex drive has lead me to explore my sexual side a lot more than I had before."

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Another young Australian, Dan Boga, 22, spoke to Mamamia about his transition.

Boga is over three years into hormone therapy and speaks openly about how positively the experience has affected him.

"Everything I do now feels more in touch with myself and less like I’m trying to 'be someone else'. A sense of being my genuine self and being read as such," he said.

On left, Boga before testosterone therapy and on right, Boga after. Source: Supplied.

Boga has experienced a whole range of physical transformations including the growth of facial hair, increased muscle tone and the movement of fat deposits.

"My voice got deeper and I grew an Adams apple - well it became prominent enough to call it that - my whole neck thickened actually.

"As well as increased muscle tone around my pecs and shoulders, probably in general.

"Working out seemed to have much more of a noticeable effect and I got a lot more into it."

Watch below for an eye-opening snapshot at Dan's life and how just one year on testosterone affected him.

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Boga has also experienced changes to his sex drive, including sensations that may come as both extremely foreign and very familiar.

"I can feel myself get 'hard' when I get turned on now which is fun," he said.

FTM individuals who undergo hormone replacement therapy have also reported a change in how their orgasm feels.

One individual who spoke to The Independent said their orgasms tended to hit more quickly and intensely. And unlike how women usually feel their orgasms through their pelvis, theirs have now spread to their pelvis, stomach and legs.

There are many online resources now available for young FTM Australians who would like to know more about the process.

Websites such as ftmaustralia provide helpful fact sheets and myth busting lists in order to dispel harmful rumours about the process.

 

 

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