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Krampus
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I have a male friend who took a month long course of hormonal contraception meant for women. He's since stopped, but the body fat he put in feminine places has stayed. It's been almost a month since he stopped and the slight breasts he developed stuck around, for example.

Out of curiosity, does anyone have an explanation for this?

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Karybu
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Some changes caused by taking hormones can be permanent, such as breast changes. The distribution of fat tends not to be permanent, but it would take longer than a few weeks for that to change.

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Krampus
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That makes sense. I wonder if a male person taking it young enough could start female-like puberty with breast buds and whatnot (this person has recently turned 17). Maybe in a few months we'll see the permanent results.
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Krampus
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I forgot to mention, this person also has heart problems. This occurred to me later as something that could be adversely affected by BC since I know it can cause those kinds of problems in women.
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It's very important that whoever prescribed the birth control to your friend discussed their medical history and checked blood pressure beforehand. People with certain heart problems and strokes should not take the combined oral contraceptive pill. If concerned, he should contact his doctor.

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Krampus
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It wasn't prescribed, it was a gift from a friend of theirs. So, that complicates things. They're not concerned, as they show little care for their well-being, but I am.
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Krampus
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...Alright. Things just took a turn for the surprising. It seems like they've actually started female puberty. Also, I'd like to add they identify as male and these changes were totally unintended on their part.

So far they've had their areolas enlarge significantly and developed a tenderness in the nipples which reminds me a lot of early female puberty. Is female birth control anything like the hormone treatment a transgender man can get?

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i suggest this person see a doctor to get his questions answered and get treatment if he needs to
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Karybu
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Robot_on_fire has a good suggestion there - it would be a very good idea for this person to see a healthcare provider about this. The hormones in birth control pills are very similar to the ones prescribed to transgender people wishing to transition from male to female, although the amounts may differ. Is this person still taking the BC pills?

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