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In this episode of the GenderGP podcast, recorded for our Trans Sex Education Special, Marianne and Dr Helen answer some questions from the community. Topics tackled include: anal sex, genital hypersensitivity, asexuality and more.
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Lets talk about (Trans) sex
Hello, this is Dr Helen Webberley. Welcome to our GenderGP Podcast, where we will be discussing some of the issues affecting the trans and non-binary community in the world today, together with my co-host Marianne Oakes, a trans woman herself, and our head of therapy.
Dr Helen Webberley:
Hi everybody. Helen and Marianne, just the two of us today. A short and sweet podcast just talking about sex, which is everybody's favourite conversation at some stage. We're following on from the topic of sexual health and sexual pleasure that we've been doing. And talking about the idea that everybody has the right to have a fulfilling and happy sex life. So, we've been running a series of articles, and we also asked the community to come up with any questions and worries that they might have about the issue. And so, Marianne and I thought we would come and join together today and see whether we can flush out some of the answers to those questions. So, thanks for joining me, Marianne. I know it's early in the morning for both of us, so we've got some questions here. Should we just kind of run through them? This one was: so I started o my testosterone blockers and my sex drive has reduced. And I'd like to know if there's anything I can do to improve this important aspect of my transition. I feel ashamed to ask my GP or gender clinic because of the attitude towards sex and transgender women in society. This is something that we hear and see a lot. I certainly see it in the medical world and Marianne, and I guess you must see some of it in, in the therapy room. And there is that thing, isn't there, where women and men that have different hormone profiles and that certainly has an impact on sex drive and libido? And one of the things that people have to be aware of is that testosterone is a big sex drive hormone. And, you know, you see that during puberty when, when boys are going through puberty, and their testosterone levels are raging. And so is their need to procreate and further the generations. And we see the same don't we when women and men go through the menopause and that hormones drop-off? So cisgender men going through their late menopause when their testosterone levels fall off, we do see that their sexual function and their sex drive also reduces. So it's not unsurprising, is it? That when you, when a trans woman changes her hormones from testosterone to estrogen, she's going to face that same difficulty with a drop in libido and drive, which is sad, but it's part of being a woman. If you are transitioning from a male hormone profile to a female hormone profile and the medicine that you take completely blanks out all of your testosterone, it may well cause you problems in that area.