This kind of study is important, says Baudewijntje Kreukels, an expert on gender dysphoria at VU University Medical Center, “because sex differences in responding to odors cannot be influenced by training or environment.” The same can be said of another 2014 experiment by Burke and her colleagues. They measured the responses of boys and girls with gender dysphoria to echolike sounds produced by the inner ear in response to a clicking noise. Boys with gender dysphoria responded more like typical females, who have a stronger response to these sounds. But girls with gender dysphoria also responded like typical females.
So I think, given everything, if you’re not happy with how the finasteride is working for you your best bet is an orchie if that fits within your long-term goals. If you wanted to keep your gonads that’d be something else…. but if you want them to go, why not now? Definitely realistic, and your doctor can probably make a very good case with your insurance if the company is reluctant (., this is the *only* option left for suppressing your T effectively now, and suppression is necessary for treatment of your dysphoria which is a medical condition). Since you’re in California your insurance canNOT have a transgender exclusion clause in their policy. They can’t deny you surgery just because you’re trans — if they cover orchies for some, they have to cover them for all. CA is pretty awesome that way.