Sometimes parents can back away from supporting their child when the time comes for the actual physical transition to begin because it makes the transition real. No longer is it about clothing, hairstyles, chosen name and pronoun, with the medical interventions there is physical change and the fears of the unknown. This fear creates a wedge in families and so I am sorry this is what you are currently experiencing. If you are currently working with a therapist then I suggest talking to them about what is currently happening in your family and explore whether it would be helpful for you to have your parents come into a session. I also encourage parents to find a support group and their own therapist to work with. Your family is going through a transition separate from yours so they too should talk with someone and explore feelings instead of just sitting in fear that can be translated or interpreted as disapproval.
Regarding hormone therapy options, if you cannot handle injections there are other options. You can use compounded testosterone cream, gel or now there is a roll on that looks like deodorant (but it is not deodorant so you may have more natural body odors than usual on that option). The one potential barrier with theses transdermal options is costs. If insurance does not cover these methods then they may be difficult to access financially.
If shots are your only option due to money, then you can have the medical provider be the one to administer the shots, either intramuscular (in the muscle) or subcutaneous (under the skin). The one barrier to this is that you would then need to go to your doctor’s office for every shot and incur those office visit fees. So then another option would be to have a good friend or partner learn how to do the shots and have them do it for you while you have your eyes closed and maybe a pillow covering your face. The only downside to this option is, one finding that brave friend, and two knowing where they are every time you need a shot.
The very last option would be to have the implants inserted under your skin that need to then be replaced by a medical provider depending on how long they last. I personally don’t know anyone who has used Implants but they do exist.
I hope these options will help you when you talk with your provider. Good luck on your journey and continue to honor your truths.
Hmmm, it is working for me. Try this link: http://www.ryansallans.com/uncategorized/preparing-for-your-hormone-therapy-consultation/