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Keywords:

  • female-to-male health care;
  • transsexualism;
  • testosterone treatment;
  • transgender health care;
  • transman health care

This article focuses on initiating and monitoring testosterone therapy for the female-to-male transgender person. For providers unfamiliar with the evaluation and treatment of the female-to-male transgender patient, this article offers an introduction to the diagnostic criteria for gender identity disorder as well as the eligibility and readiness criteria for hormonal treatment. Also included is information regarding screenings to be done before the initiation of testosterone therapy and during follow-up visits, common side effects of testosterone, and basic testosterone regimens available.