For more information on possible health risks from being on testosterone, check out Hudson’s FTM Guide and as always, talk with your medical provider. Regular checkups and blood tests during your transition are important and should be done if you can access care; this is for anyone of any identity undergoing hormone replacement therapy. The Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago not only provides scripts for hormones but also performs blood work, pap smears, etc. Although these tests do carry their own risk of dysphoria and discomfort, I urge you to be good to yourself, take care of your body. Take a trusted friend, celebrate with self love after the appointment–do whatever you need to do to stay healthy while you are transitioning. Stay strong.