How Periods Can Cause Gender Dysphoria
While your period is a biological function, you may not be aware that it can trigger feelings of gender dysphoria. Although menstruation is a natural process, it is also a social signal that signals your gender/sex identity. Some transgender teens have experienced triggering feelings of gender dysphoria during their periods. Fortunately, you can do a few things to prevent gender dysphoria.
Menstruation is a gendered/sexed biological function.
Menstruation is a biological function primarily associated with femininity, making it a sensitive topic for trans people. While transgender people can experience discomfort and dysphoria related to menstruation, transgender women may feel uncomfortable discussing this subject with healthcare providers, partly because of the stigma surrounding non-binary people.
Menstruation is a biological function that is a defining characteristic of femininity, despite its associated emotional and physical pain. While menstruation is associated with bleeding, menstruation has meanings that extend beyond the physical symptoms and emotional impact.
It is a social signal of gender/sex identity.
The first step to addressing gender dysphoria is to seek treatment. Treatment options can include medications, hormone therapy, and therapy that focuses on improving psychological well-being. While these options cannot change a person’s gender identity, they can help them cope with their feelings and express their preferred gender identity. Other treatments may include counseling and family therapy. People with gender dysphoria may also wish to pursue surgical treatments.
Gender identity refers to a person’s inner sense of gender. This can include identifying as a girl/woman, a boy/man, or no gender. However, gender identity and gender expression are not always the same thing. Many transgender people express their gender in many ways, leading to confusion and depression.
It can trigger gender dysphoria.
For transgender people, periods can trigger feelings of gender dysphoria because menstruation is often associated with femaleness. However, menstruation is not the only symptom of gender dysphoria. Menstrual cycles can also cause discomfort in non-women.
Having a period can be very painful and can be a trigger for gender dysphoria. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the pain and distract from your feelings of gender dysphoria. Taking painkillers and using a heating pad or hot water bottle can help.
It can be a triggering experience.
Many transgender people and genderqueer people experience the stress and discomfort of menstruation. Buying and using menstrual products, using public restrooms, and sharing the change in your body can all heighten the stress and anxiety you already feel during your period. If you have the condition, you should look for period products and activities that are supportive and affirming of your gender identity and surround yourself with a supportive community and inclusive language.
Painful periods can trigger gender dysphoria, so you should find ways to alleviate the pain and distract yourself from your feelings. For example, you can take painkillers, a heating pad, or a hot water bottle. These strategies will help you feel more comfortable during your period and make you feel better about yourself.
It can lead to anxiety.
Menstrual cycles can cause gender dysphoria, a condition in which a person experiences an unfavorable mismatch between their physical anatomy and gender identity. Many transgender people experience heightened levels of anxiety or distress during their periods. In many cases, this disorder is accompanied by increased irritability and depression. Symptoms can also include increased mood swings and fatigue.
Fortunately, there are ways to deal with this condition. One option is to wear boxer-style period underwear. These are designed to be comfortable and durable and are usually black. Unlike traditional tampons, boxer-style period underwear does not require insertion or reinsertion. They also make changing menstruation more discreet, as they only need to be changed once or twice a day.