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When a Hysterectomy is Only a Hysterectomy. Notes from the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference – Part 3.
I learned something at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference that made me sit up and take notice. Well, it’s not that I didn’t sit up and take notice of anything else, but this particular tidbit is worth repeating. I don’t remember who it was – … Continue reading
When we last considered the human ovary, we were discussing a bit of anatomy and a lot of folliculogenesis. We learned about the different steps and changes that ovarian follicles undergo as they develop or become atretic. With the information from that … Continue reading
Time flies when you’re having fun. And commuting (which is not fun). Well, time flies like an arrow but fruit flies like a banana… (By the way, that doesn’t look like a fruit fly on the right. To me, it … Continue reading
In a previous post — the one about the Genetics Behind Sex Determination and Differentiation — one reader left a comment that induced me to remove a sentence. The reader took issue with my statement that human gonadal sex develops … Continue reading
When the Genetics of Gonadal Differentiation & Development Don’t Go According to Plan – Part 3 of Where Do Ovaries (and Testes) Come From?
In the previous post, we talked about the genes that drive sex differentiation of the bi-potential embryonic gonad. I only mentioned a relatively small number of genes, but they control the events at or near the beginning of the signaling … Continue reading
The Genetics Behind Sex Determination and Differentiation – Part 2 of Where Do Ovaries (and Testes) Come From?
I began this series of posts as a background with the goal of discussing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in trans men. I thought that in order to understand what happens when things go wrong in ovarian function, we first need to … Continue reading
Well, it’s 2011. Know what that means? It means it’s time to get back to SCIENCE! (Yes, I know, that makes absolutely no sense, but let’s get back to science anyway, shall we?) Near the end of last year, I … Continue reading
In our last scientific episode, we had cake and pork chops. Oh, and we also talked about the effects of transitioning on a person’s scent. But really, that post gave only half of the story. To explain what I mean, … Continue reading
A trans guy asked me once, “Can you write about why my scent has changed since I went on testosterone? My girlfriend wants to know.” Of course she does. I’d heard of this phenomenon before, enough to make me believe … Continue reading
What I learned during summer workation – (as opposed to vacation, which it wasn’t): 1. Some intersex people really don’t like it when trans people claim to be intersex because they’re trans. 2. Some trans people really don’t like it … Continue reading