On reddit, a website where kids as young as 13 are allowed, and many are even younger, anonymous people, often adults, give minors tips on how to obtain prescription-only medication illegally, and hide it from their parents.
In this post, a 15 year old asks for advice, saying that “I have came out to my mom and she does not support me and thinks I should just stay how I was born.”
“Estradiol is pretty cheap,” chimes in a 44 year old adult, and provides a link to various online pharmacies where this medication can be bought. Estradiol is a medication that can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, if you smoke, or if you are overweight. It is also recommended to get blood tests and physical check-ups while taking this medication, none of which a 15 year old would necessarily have access to.
The advice comes complete with dosage advice.
In this post, a 16 year old is uncertain about starting hormones:
I am 16 and not getting any younger. I would rather get hormones sooner than later if I’m going to get them at all, and I don’t feel equipped to make that decision at 16. However, I am worried that I won’t be able to make the decision until post-puberty, which would be disadvantageous.
What is the way out of this dilemma?
One of the replies is this:
“Why would you not be equipped to make that decision at 16?” this poster asks, and continues:
Another poster chimes in:
Finally, the poster is convinced:
The commenters have successfully convinced this young teen to get anti-androgens. The most common one is spirolactone, which can have side effects like uneven heart rate, severe skin reactions, numbness, muscle weakness, vomiting, shallow breathing and confusion.