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What should you expect to happen to your voice on Testosterone?

testosterone voice masculinization Feb 22, 2023
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When it comes to the voice changes that you can expect on testosterone, what is a reasonable timeline? I've talked to a lot of different people who have taken testosterone exogenously, and the one thing that I can say for sure is that there is no timeline. Everybody's voice changes at varying rates and to varying degrees of intensity. But, I have also noticed there are three distinct phases.

The first phase is an initial change in the voice. This might be a little drop in pitch or a little thickening of the vocal fold mass. When this happens, a lot of people think "Yay, my voice has changed!", and that's a really great feeling.

The second phase, however, is complete and total voice chaos. You never know from one day to the next what to expect. You never know if your voice is going to break when you open your mouth to say something, or if you're going to be able to speak at all. You lose your voice. It's up, it's down, it's all over the place. This is a very concerning phase for the people who are on T.

If you are in this phase right now, I just want you to know that it's temporary. It's going to change and it's not forever. If you are just starting T, I want you to be prepared for the chaos phase because I have seen it do some difficult things to people's mental health. But I think even just knowing in advance that this is a temporary thing can help you be prepared. You will get through this as other people have before you as well.

The third phase, once we've gotten through the chaos, is a period of settling. Now you start to get to know your voice. You have some idea of how it's going to behave when you speak, and it's settled into something predictable that you now love.

Those are the three phases that I see in most people who take T exogenously, but I would love to hear about your experience! I would just love to see a huge library of experiential information in the comments, if we can put that together. I hope this helps!

Hi, I'm Renée! (they/them)

I'm a queer, nonbinary, and disabled singer, songwriter and gender-affirming voice teacher. 

I've been a voice teacher for over twelve years, I have four full-length albums out, and I have degrees in physics, jazz, and songwriting.

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