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I apologize for my blogging hiatus these past few months. My transition is coming along, slowly but surely. I am still taking only four TransFemme pills per day. Even though it is really tempting to take the full dosage and get quicker results, I’ve only taken half of the recommended pills because I can save money while still getting gradual results (I only use four bottles every eight months). Also, it gives me more time to get accustomed to my small-but-growing breasts.

Back in March, I also started using Natureday Breast Cream twice daily. I decided to try it because of all the positive reviews they have on their website, and because it is cheap (a $35 jar of cream can last me 1-2 months). I use the cream right after showering and right before bed, putting a bit of extra cream over each nipple. It’s hard to tell how much of my recent growth is from the TransFemme pills or the Natureday cream, but I’ve definitely noticed exciting changes these past few months. Though my breasts are not detectable through my everyday clothing yet, I can definitely notice the growth when my shirt is off, or when I wear tight shirts (which I never do in public).

My feminization journey hit several high points recently. In early April, I noticed that my nipples felt pretty sore. I was wishful that my breast development would take off, yet I was very doubtful. But only a few days later, a small nodule developed under each nipple. I can’t even describe the excitement I felt! The nodules continued to increase in size, and right now they are each about one inch in diameter. They don’t seem to be growing as much right now, but I still feel the soreness and tingling, so hopefully they’ll continue to enlarge!

Also, a few weeks ago, I noticed some weird sensations on my nipples during the day. It almost felt as if I was lactating, but when I would check my undershirt, it would be completely dry. It continued for a few days, and eventually I decided to squeeze my nipples to see if anything would come out. To my surprise, I was able to get a few drops of thick, clear fluid (colostrum) out of my nipples. I think it would be amazing to be able to produce actual breast milk, but I guess I’ll have to wait.

My permanent hair removal is going quite well. I think my legs and thighs are going to be completely hairless very soon. I probably would’ve finished several months ago, but I’ve found it hard to make time to shave my legs and use the Silk’n on them.

When I first used the Silk’n, it left a bunch of hairless square patches, but there were some spots where it didn’t work very well. I gradually increased the treatment intensity over time, with slightly better results after each treatment session. Right now, I treat each spot twice at the highest intensity (despite the warnings), and so far, it has done an excellent job of killing the hair follicles. I think the only reason I have a little bit of hair left on my legs and thighs is because it’s hard to keep track of where I’ve zapped.

Well, that’s how my feminization is going right now; slow and steady. Hopefully the next few weeks and months will bring even more exciting changes!

Exciting Milestones

Well, it’s been a little over two weeks since I started using the Silk’n to remove some of my body and facial hair. Unfortunately, I don’t have much to report. To me, it looks like it is getting rid of some of my hair, but I can’t really tell if it is working, or if it is just wishful thinking on my part. Of course, I only tried it on the lowest setting (they recommend you start out at the lowest setting until you know your pain tolerance), so for this next round of treatment, I’m going to raise the intensity up a notch. Hopefully I’ll start seeing some results in the next few weeks.

Oh, and speaking of pain from the Silk’n treatments, I haven’t really felt any discomfort from using the device. The most pain I ever feel is something that feels like a soft snap of a rubber band on my skin, with no pain at all afterward (it’s actually interesting how a flash of light can generate such a sensation). Supposedly, the pain can be more intense if you have really dark, thick hair, and I noticed that my armpits were more sensitive to the treatment than my less-hairy abdomen and legs. In fact, I was pretty nervous about raising the intensity for my armpits, but after gaining some courage and trying a stronger setting, I was surprised that the higher setting (level 2) felt only slightly stronger than the first level. So, as long as I increase the intensity gradually, I don’t have to worry about being surprised by any pain.

Anyhow, I’m still really excited about being able to permanently remove my body hair. I’ll let you all know about my progress in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in reading more about the Silk’n, I recommend checking out Naomi Torres’s Silk’n review on About.com. In her review, she talks about her long-term results with the Silk’n, and she goes into a lot more detail than I have in my blog post.

Also, on a less-related note, you may have noticed that I posted a password-protected blog entry on my site. It has several comments from around the Internet that talk about people’s experiences with TransFemme. If you’re interested in reading it, the password is ‘breast’.

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Ever since I started growing leg and body hair, I’ve always wished I could get rid of it easily. However, I wasn’t looking forward to going to a laser hair removal center and having to explain why I wanted silky smooth legs and hairless armpits. Just recently though, I learned about several hair removal devices that can be used in the privacy of one’s own home, at a fraction of the cost. These devices definitely caught my attention, and last week, I decided to purchase a Silk’n and give it a try.

It uses Intense Pulsed Light technology to safely and effectively remove unwanted hair. Because of its safety features, it is FDA approved for use in the home, meaning that you can avoid the hassle of going to a laser hair treatment center. I’ve compared several other hair removal devices (the Tria and the Viss), and this one seemed to be the most effective for the price. It still had mixed reviews, but since most of the people I read about had great results, I decided to give it a try.

I chose to purchase the original Silk’n (also known as Silk’n Pro) instead of the new Silk’n SensEpil. The SensEpil has a new safety feature that detects whether a person’s skin color is too dark for safe use. Unfortunately, I’ve read of many people with lighter skin who had trouble using the SensEpil while in poorly-lit rooms. Since the original Silk’n doesn’t have this safety feature, it can be used in darker-lit places, as well as darker skin. Of course, this means that the user has to be more careful, because darker skin is more susceptible to burns (the device targets hair pigment, so skin with more melanin has higher risk of side effects).

Even though the Silk’n Pro is an older model, the device (and additional lamps) can still be purchased online easily at The Silk’n Store. Also, there are always several low-priced Silk’n devices for sale on eBay, which is where I purchased mine.

Right now I am just using it on my armpits, lower abdomen, and left leg. Because of time constraints, I wasn’t able to try it on my other leg. Since I’ll be wearing pants all winter anyway, I think I’ll just try it on one leg to compare results. Hopefully I won’t ever be in a situation where I have to expose both legs, or else I’ll definitely feel awkward! After two months though (recommended treatment time for results), I’ll post some comparison pictures, after which I’ll treat my other leg.

I just barely started my hair removal treatment last week, so I can’t really tell how well it is working. The instruction manual recommends four treatments, spaced two weeks apart. So I guess I’ll be able to see results after about eight weeks. I’ll let you all know how well it works on me, and since I’m treating one leg at a time, I’ll definitely post some pictures!

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