CHANGING THE HORMONE BALANCE BY HAVING TABLETS OR INJECTIONS OESTROGEN-TYPE FEMALE HORMONES (CONCLUSION)
Men who take oestrogens also have their own special problems. These hormones can cause loss of interest in sex, impotence (inability to get an erection), decreased growth of facial hair, and enlargement of the breasts which can be painful. This last one can be prevented by giving the breast area a small dose of radiotherapy before starting your oestrogen treatment. Once it has developed, the only ways of getting rid of it are by stopping your oestrogen treatment or having your breasts removed surgically.
If you have unpleasant symptoms as a result of oestrogen treatments ask your doctors what the alternatives are. You may prefer a different form of hormone treatment or even to stop hormone treatment altogether.