I feel really bad about asking for any help, but this is an issue that’s really bothering me. If you feel good about donating a few dollars, that’s cool and I’d be so happy if you did! But otherwise, I’d super appreciate it if you could maybe share this.
Hi! My name is Loren and I’m a 31 year old trans woman. I’ve been on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for two years. It’s done amazing things for my body and my self-confidence. Unfortunately, there are issues that prevent the medications I take from working as effectively as they can.
Why I’m trying to get an orchiectomy:
Right now, my testosterone is about thirty times higher than it should be. As you can imagine, this is not something I want, and it isn’t helping with my physical transition. In fact, it causes me a great deal of stress every day. My testosterone is so high because the medication I use to control it, (spironolactone,) also lowers blood pressure. My blood pressure has always been very low, so my doctor will not prescribe me an adequate dose to control my testosterone. Doing so would make my blood pressure dangerously low, causing me to black out frequently, among other physically dangerous side-effects. I have tried a number of alternative methods to control my testosterone, but the only thing that will be truly effective is for me to remove my testicles, an operation called an orchiectomy.
Why I’m asking for $3237:
-An orchiectomy in my area costs $2700
-I imagine I’ll probably have to take time off work to recover, so I’m asking for an additional $300 to cover expenses while I’m at home, not making money.
-The $237 covers the 7.9% gofundme will take from any donations.
I’m asking for help raising money because my monthly income and monthly expenses are about equal. I work as a server, in a state with a depressed economy, where waitstaff are paid $2.65/hr + tips. Saving has been difficult, and I’d really like to take care of this physical issue as soon as I can.