I got a very quick response from Alice Roberts this morning, which was that her own area of research was quite different, and that the best approach would be to start with the clinicians who have been looking after me, particularly if there was an endocrinologist I could talk to. I sent this acknowledgement:
Thank you for your very rapid response. I'm sorry to have taken up your time. It's the price of being a well-known personality of course!
Although I have my own long-term health concerns here, I am to some extent raising the topic of research on behalf of the trans community at large. Nobody knows exactly how many trans people have been prescribed hormones (or have obtained them from Internet sources) but the number must come to several thousand in the UK alone, and the matter of what the consequences might be is clearly important to anyone affected.
Perhaps someone will pick up this particular ball and run with it, or if they don't, then I will. There are, I'm sure, many other trans people who are intensely interested in medical issues. I don't know who they are, but one of my co-bloggers might, and some networking could lead to someone either championing a further enquiry, or disseminating whatever facts they have learned so far.
Meanwhile, thank you again.
With best wishes, Lucy Melford
Do we have any medical gurus among us? Or does anyone know of somebody who has their finger on the pulse of trans health research?