MARLO THOMAS
09/14/2015 06:22 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Do Transgender People Still Need To Take Hormones After Their Reassignment Surgery?

Model, actress, and designer Isis King may have been born biologically male, but ever since childhood she knew she was woman. Establishing a transgender identity does not come easy though, and at 21, Isis was homeless, living at a New York City LGBT shelter. After finding work as a background model for an America’s Next Top Model photo shoot, host Tyra Banks took an interest in her, and asked Isis be a part of the show's next season. Within months, Isis was in the national spotlight as the first transgender contestant on Top Model, and she has used her platform to follow her dreams ever since - expanding her modeling and acting career, designing her own fashion line, and serving as an activist for transgender people everywhere.

Hormones and Testosterone?
Taking hormones was the first medical change Isis adopted in her transition from male to female. Does she still have to take them? "Yes!" she says emphatically. Even after genital reassignment surgery, Isis doesn’t naturally produce female hormones. Continuing to take the hormones helps with health issues in her new body - avoiding osteoporosis and the like. "It's almost postmenopausal," she says. One benefit of the reassignment surgery is that her hormones have a little less competition - she no longer produces testosterone.

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