Monday, May 3, 2021

What Are The Side Effects Of The Moderna Vaccine On Trans People (or folx taking hormone replacement therapy)? by Ruth Utnage

Is it safe for transgendered people to take the Moderna vaccines?
What are the side effects of the Moderna vaccines on people taking HRT?

My name is Ruth Utnage and I am a transgender woman who, less than 24 hours ago took the Moderna vaccine, round 2. I am going to list my side effects and some of my relevant medical info and will keep updating everyday. First, a disclaimer.

I am not a medical professional. These are my personal experiences, yours may be different. I am putting this info out there because when I googled the questioned "Is it safe for transgendered people to take the Moderna vaccines?" I got a slew of weird, non relevant, information (except a New York Times article explaining why some LGBTQ folx don't trust the vaccines because they came under Trump.) and I hope that this helps some transgendered people make their decision as to whether or not the vaccine is for them.

Relevant Medical Information:
I am 39 years old, 175 lbs, transgendered female (transitioning to female physically). I have never had a flu vaccine and I have never had the flu prior to taking Moderna. I have been taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for 18 months and am taking:

Spironolactone 100 mg (50 mg twice daily)
Estradiol 25mg biweekly intramuscular injections
Daily MultiVitamin (MegaMax)

I am taking no other medications, not even Tylenol, etc.

I have no other medical conditions.

Here Are My Current Side Effects Of The Moderna Vaccines:

Round 1- sore arm at injection site for 2 days, lethargy (tired, lack of energy) for about 2 days. Still went to work, but was tired and didn't sleep well for 2 nights. Night 3, all was well.

Round 2- It's been 24 hours and it feels like someone took a Louisville Slugger to my shoulder at the injection site. I had the chills last night and body aches, I slept horribly. I have some energy still, a tiny headache (barely noticeable) but plan to do nothing today but call my girlfriend, tell her I love her and go back to my bed where I will likely stay until tomorrow snuggled up inside my sweats and blankets.

I will let you know tomorrow how I feel.

With Love

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