How To Transition
Your New Life
BODY
Physical modifications for women
http://www.tsroadmap.com/physical/index.html

BODY SHAPING
It is not easy to make a male physique look
feminine in the beginning but here are some
tips and links that should help.

If you start hormone therapy while still in your thirties or
younger, your body should respond well and give you a
female form.   It can take up o 5 years for all the changes to
happen.  There are undergarments and body forms you can
purchase to give you a feminine shape while you are waiting
for your body changes from HRT.
Castle Supplys - website
http://www.castlesupplys.com/newframe/castleframe.htm
Fem Skin - is a whole body "skin" you wear that gives you a
female body shape now.
http://www.femskin.com/

Are Silicon Injections Safe? - online articles
See several articles on this site dealing with silicon injections
for body sculpting. Bottom line is silicon injections are not
safe. http://www.socaltranscom.org/transgender_008.htm

CLOTHING
Dressing properly can give you a more
feminine appearance.  Most girls buy from
second hand stores when they first start cross
dressing.  For some reason, I don't understand,
we dress like little old ladies or 13 year old
tramps.  It takes time to learn how to dress
appropriately for our age.  Try to get help from other women
in your life.  If you don't have anyone, read magazines or go
to stores with personal shoppers that know us well.  There
are consultants who specialize in helping us dress
appropriately.

Quick Tips:
Dressing is not about what you WANT to wear, it is about
what LOOKS good on you!  Most cloths look great on the
hanger, but may not look good on you.

1. Dark colors go on the area you wish to de-emphasize and
light colors go on the area you wish to emphasize.
Meaning, if you have big shoulders, you will want to wear
dark colored tops to de-emphasize your shoulders.  Wear
light colors on your lower body to give your lower body
more emphasis.
2. Choose tops with a V neck to draw attention to your chest
and away from your shoulders.
3. Choose sleeveless tops and dresses when possible to
visually make your shoulders look narrower.
4. Choose skirts that are gathered full to make your lower
body appear larger.
5. Wear gathered half slips or ruffled panties to bring fullness
to your hips.
6. Avoid skin tight, dark colored skirts, shorts and pants,
they
will accentuate your narrow hips and masculinize your lower
body.  Nothing says "guy in a dress" like large shoulders
and narrow hips!
7. Try to keep your skirt length just above or just below the
knee.  Ex. With your skirt on, kneel on the floor.  Your skirt
hem should be no more than 2 inches above the floor.  This
is an age appropriate length for a woman.  A shorter skirt
says "child" or "tramp".
8. Mid-calf is appropriate for only certain styles of dresses.

FACE
Electrolysis and facial surgery provide
lasting changes to the face issue.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
will do about 95% of the softening of
your skin over time and change the coarseness and quantity
of body hair.
Use laser and electrolysis to get rid of unwanted hair.
Use Cleansing or moisturizing masks or just moisturizers to
soften facial skin.
Shave close and moisturize before applying makeup.
There are special beard cover products to help cover your
beard.
Dermablend  - beard cover product
http://www.alaska.net/~kathryn/dermablend.htm

HAIR
If you find yourself lacking a good head of hair, there are a
few options.  Wigs, partial hair pieces, hair extensions, hair
implants, scalp surgery and treatments to re-grow hair.  If
you only cross dress part of the time, a wig will do.  For
more permanent results you will have to get medical
treatments or surgery.  Get a wig close to your own hair
color and texture to start off with.  No sense spending a lot
of money on a wig that is the wrong color or style for you.
No wig?  Try a hat or scarf for a quick cover up.
Headwrap - how to article
http://www.ehow.com/how_16807_create-head-wrap.html
Head Covers - products
http://www.headcovers.com/?gclid=CP6vhc2Lto8CFRFSag
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MAKEUP
Makeup it the one thing all girls seem to want
to do first, but it is one of the more difficult
things to master when you are just starting out.
Some pointers here should help.

Pluck eye brows for a nice shape - pdf.

1.Makeup goes on best over a cleansed and moisturized
face.
2. If you use beard cover, put it on now.
3. Foundation goes on next.  Try to get one that matches
your
skin color.  Match it near your jaw line.  Good foundation
should blend easily into your own skin color and help even
out skin imperfections.  It is NOT meant to be a thick coat
or change the color of your face.  If you have discoloration
on your neck, you may want to apply a little foundation to
your neck as well.
4. Apply face powder with a brush to set foundation and
make other products go on easier.
5. Apply blush lightly to apples of cheeks (the round part
when you smile) following cheek bone toward ear.  Apply
just enough to give you a light healthy glow, not deep color.
6. Apply eyeshadow with a brush for easy blending.  Color
lid from lash line up to crease.
7. Apply mascara or eyeliner.
8. Apply lipstick.
This is just the basics to get some light color on for the first
time.  When you have more time, experiment often and look
through magazines for examples of good makeup.

POISE AND POSTURE
Poise and posture can be difficult to learn at first.  A couple
of Tips to help you get started.  Women keep a "closed"
appearance.  They keep their arms close to their bodies and
legs together.  They sit up straight or stand straight putting
their best points forward. Sit with knees together or legs
crossed at the ankle or knee.

VOICE
For voice resources see the link below.
TS Road map - article
http://www.tsroadmap.com/voice/transsexual-voice.html

OTHER LINKS

Hair Removal Facts
This site is all about hair removal.
http://www.hairfacts.com/  
TG Soul International
Need Help With Your Personal Presentation?
This page is about your appearance.  Please see our Transition Page for the steps of transition.  
The resources below will help you with passing in your new life.
Please contact us if you would like to add something to this page.
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BODY
General passing tips
http://www.ftmpassingtips.com

CHEST BINDING
Since testosterone treatment won't remove your chesticles,
so you will need to bind them till you can get surgery.  There
are several techniques and products available.  
The most common are:
1. An ace bandage can be wrapped around your chest
to flatten it.
2. Tight garment - make or buy a very tight under garment to
flatten your chest.
3. Purchase a Compression Vest
Mango Products
http://www.mangoproducts.net/FTMChestBinders.htm
Morris Designs
http://www.morrisdesigns.com/gynecomastia-vest.htm
4. For more information see:
Passing Tips - article
http://www.ftmpassingtips.com/passing.html#chest

PACKING
To pass in the male world and for your own self image and
sanity, you will likely want as realistic a bulge in the right
place as possible.
You can make a homemade packer
Stuffers
http://www.ftmpassingtips.com/passing.html#gvsp
Or buy a packer and strap.
The Transitional Male
http://www.thetransitionalmale.com/ftmstuff.html

STAND TO PEE
There are stand to pee methods and stand to pee packers.

Stand To Pee Methods:
How to pee standing up - pdf

Stand to pee packers,
DJ Knows Dicks - website and products
http://www.djknowsdicks.com/index.html
Mango Products - website and products
http://www.mangoproducts.net/PackAndPee.htm

RESTROOM
Women socialize in restroom's, but men don't.  So when you
walk in, just go straight to the stall and go in.  Don't look
around, don't make eye contact and don't talk.  Don't try to
see anyone's body parts.

CLOTHING
Dressing properly can give you a
more masculine appearance.  You are
probably already buying male clothing.

Quick Tips
1. Dark colors go on the area you wish to de-emphasize and
light colors go on the area you wish to emphasize. Meaning,
if you have big hips, you will want to wear dark  colored
pants to de-emphasize your hips.  Wear light colors on
your upper body to give your upper body more emphasis.
2. Layering clothing on your upper body will help make it
look
bigger and help hide your hips.  Ex. Wear a "T" shirt with an
open button down shirt over it.
3. Drop your pants waist to your hip bone or below to help
hide girly hips.
4.
Learn to tie a necktie
http://www.tieguide.com/four-in-hand.htm

FACE AND HAIR
Testosterone will cause facial hair to grow, but that will take
some time.  For a more masculine face, get a good male hair
cut.  This will probably do more than anything to give you a
masculine appearance.
Masculine Hair Cut - article
http://www.ftmguide.org/haircuts.html
Facial Hair For Guys - product
http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/?p=1615

VOICE AND SPEECH  
Your voice will change nearly as soon as you start
testosterone.  
1. You may have to change the words you learned to use
from
girly flowery words, to something less descriptive.
2. You may have to change your pronunciation of words as
well.  The female mouth tends to pronounce "S" differently.
3. Men speak more monotone than women.
4. Swearing -  is not the "sign" of a true man, as many seem
to
think.  My father and brothers didn't swear and no one
thought they were less manly.  Swearing will be a matter of
personal taste and decorum.
5. Being loud and obnoxious when you talk is not a "sign" of
manliness either.  My father and brothers were not loud or
obnoxious.

Be who you are inside, not what you "think" men are.


OTHER LINKS
The Transitional Male   
http://www.thetransitionalmale.com/

Hudsons FTM Guide   
www.ftmguide.org

FTM Phallo http://www.ftmphallo.com/

FTM Alliance http://www.ftmalliance.org

FTMInternational http://ftmi.org/
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