Menstruation can be particularly tricky to navigate if you’re a trans or non-binary person.
This is because feelings of gender dysphoria — the distress a person feels when the sex they were assigned at birth does not correlate with their gender identity — might be heightened around your period.
Periods can be triggering because they are often considered solely a “women’s issue,” leaving trans or non-binary people who menstruate feeling excluded and othered. The hyper-feminine language and bright colors used on period products also don’t help, often making feelings of unease, upset, and isolation much worse.
Fortunately, there are things trans and non-binary people can do to protect their mental health while menstruating. Keep reading for tips from the experts, plus gender-neutral period product advice, and information on how gender-affirming hormones might affect your cycle.