I truly believe that hrt should be otc and of course people are going to be coming out of the woodwork to say "but!!!" and ignore the fact that you can destroy your liver for life by taking too much tylenol, and that's still on shelves
@SuricrasiaOnline I’m doing DIY and I can’t agree more, as it is now I wouldn’t go legit unless my insurance made everything 100% free. It’s just not worth all the terrible experiences I hear people having with nightmare doctors and legal bullshit.
@SuricrasiaOnline a lot more stuff should be OTC, but there are a few middle-ground things where they could be OTC if the tools to test and monitor certain health indicators were accessible to home users, but we aren't there yet
For now, I think HRT is probably in that bucket until it's easier to monitor hormone levels and cholesterol at home. Meanwhile, we could improve access through educating doctors that HRT should be basically "are there counter indications? If not, discuss risks with patient and it's their call"
@calcifer I started with DIY, then found a good endo, who provides me with medication and tests on my insurance (they MUST pay, where I live...), and from the tests and checks every 6 months and what I learned about HRT, it's not rocket science and it's much easier and safer than many other long-time therapies.
Every MD could learn and provide it, and IMHO even DIY can be taught to patients in a pretty safe way.
@SuricrasiaOnline Also that Rx tylenol and the like do exist, and the only difference is the dosage.
Which, when you think about it, is kind of ridiculous.
But yea. This is one of those things where I'm pretty sure we'd see higher quality of life and less harm (from MH/dysphoria stuff) if people were just allowed to fucking decide for themselves like in Thailand.
@SuricrasiaOnline I still fantasize about an Open Source procedure to produce at least the basic stuff, i.e. T and E2.
All in all, we don't need that much of it.