Alex Bertie reveals most prominent physical changes in his transitioning journey
“Transitioning is a very physical journey,” Alex Bertie establishes immediately at the start of the video. Opening up about the first two years of his female to male transformation using testosterone, Alex reveals some of the most important and surprising physical changes he’s experienced.
Although all the changes helped Alex feel less dysphoric about his body, the most prominent change which contributed to this new-found confidence was his voice drop. Alex recalls, “at one point, I was a twenty-year-old man in higher education with a voice that sounded like a twelve-year-old boy! It was just distressing and embarrassing!”
The voice drop was a gradual process, starting at around three months with a process similar to cisgender male undergoing puberty. “It was very gradual and there was a stage where my voice was very squeaky and would break a lot,” Alex recalls.
He reveals how he’s always been an extremely quiet person, with his feminine voice being a contributor to that. However, six months from first taking testosterone, “it evened out and I could talk fine,” Alex exclaims. “It’s brilliant, it’s beautiful!
Alex’s next most notable changes were the squaring of his face shape and facial hair. “My face shape has changed so much, and you can really tell by looking the at pictures side by side.” He notes how the tremendous change to his squarer jawline has contributed to a more masculine look.
Facial hair perhaps contributed even more to Alex’s confidence. “Facial hair was super desirable for me, I really wanted it,” he reveals. Facial hair is not something all trans men can have, however for Alex, it started growing from about three months, starting as a prickly peach fuzz on his face to the fuller beard and sideburns he has today.
Something else which not all trans men experience is the ending of periods. Alex found the notion of a guy having a period extremely distressing as, “it was a monthly reminder I was born in the wrong gender.” Fortunately for Alex, his periods stopped soon after taking testosterone.
Alex reveals one major physical change which he’s experienced, “the T-dick”, something few trans men speak openly about. “I could honestly tell it was happening after just two weeks,” he recalls, “I remember walking to the bus stop after college one day and thinking, damn, I feel like there’s something in my pants!”
The colloquially named, “T-dick” refers to the growth of the clitoris. Alex tells us, “it’s a shame not a lot of guys talk about this because, for me, it has really helped alleviate bottom dysphoria to the point I’m not really considering bottom surgery right now.”
From all these physical changes and others, like becoming stronger and muscle gain, Alex reveals that he now loves his body and, “barely feel[s] dysphoric anymore.” We loved seeing his transformation under testosterone and applaud him for not only becoming a source of inspiration for trans men but for spreading awareness to the wider community too.
Alex leaves his audience with one last piece of advice: “Try to not let transition rule your life. Yes it is important and you should be proud of it, but you are my more than your trans status.”
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