We all know by now that menstruation doesn’t have a gender. Not all menstruators are women and not all women menstruate.
And yet, the period industry has been slow to play catch-up. We still see ridiculous tampon commercials with cis women running and laughing and tampons still come in pretty pink packaging.
There have been *some* strides towards gender-neutrality (Always brand made waves when they removed the feminine symbol from their packaging). But there’s a big difference between de-feminizing your products and actually embracing trans and non-binary customers.
So, if you’re looking for period products that actually put LGBTQ menstruators first, check out this list of our favorite gender-affirming period brands below.
Obviously, we have to start with TomboyX. The intimates brand was literally started as an underwear brand for everyone on the gender spectrum. So it was only natural that they should extend their line into period underwear. Their “leakproof underwear” comes in a variety of styles including boxer briefs and trunks and come in colors like black, grey, and blue.
On top of that, sizes go up to 6X, meaning that there are more options than ever for folks of all body shapes and sizes.
2. Aisle (Formerly Lunapads)
The brand makes a huge point of hiring models of all body sizes and gender identities, proving their dedication to representation. Sizes for their period underwear range from 2XS-5X.
3. Cycle by Freda
Although Freda’s marketing language still targets women, they did recently create a new line called Cycle by Freeda. The great thing about the line is how incredibly nondescript the packaging is. This is perfect for people who may feel embarrassed at the idea of buying period products or anyone for whom buying period products can cause gender dysphoria.
The pads and tampons are pretty affordable, but unfortunately, they’re only available in the U.K.
4. Pyramid Seven
In addition to a leak guard, the boxers also have an interior picket if you want to add a pad or liner for extra protection. Sizes only go up to 2XL at the moment.
Lunette was one of the first menstrual cups on the market and has always been committed to using gender-inclusive language. Their menstrual cups come in two sizes and colors ranging from blue to clear to orange to yellow.
The brand is also dedicated to ending period poverty and has donated more than 30,000 menstrual cups to those in need.
(Psst… we previously did an interview with Lunette founder Heli Kurjanen if you’re interested in learning more about the brand)
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.