Alternative to testosterone?
For some XXY folk, testosterone is not the answer.
With the more recent openess about the subject of gender, the KSA has become increasingly aware that some XXY folk feel that they do not fit in the gender binary. While most feel male, others identify as neither gender, both genders or female. Gender fluid is an expression which is often used.
The letter below explains the situation of one member:
This member feels that neither their chromosomes nor their body are typically male or female. They feel both male and female. They can access testosterone easily (on prescription) but they have to go to a Gender Identity Clinic to access oestrogen.
This is not an isolated case. A number of KSA members have some level of gender identity issue. While some are able to embrace their differences, others find it more difficult.
Although testosterone is beneficial for most of those diagnosed with KS/XXY, it should not be assumed that it is right for everyone. There needs to be more consideration of what will suit that particular person.
All KS/XXY people should be made aware that testosterone will have an effect on their personalities as well as their bodies. For men who want to become more virile, testosterone can have a very positive effect. For those who are gender fluid, the changes may not be welcomed.
Clearly there needs to be more discussion and research into this area.