Gender is not binary, and as society begins to understand this, some companies are beginning to adjust their language to meet the times. UltuCup, creator of a new gender-neutral menstrual cup, is one of these brands. Though many people incorrectly associate periods with only cisgender women, nonbinary people and trans men can also have a uterus and vagina, and therefore a menstrual cycle.
However, most period companies continue to advertise only towards cis women. For trans and GNC folks, this can make having a period (an already painful experience for many), even more uncomfortable. Simply put, it sucks to buy something created for “divas” if you don’t identify that way.
UltuCup is a reusable silicone menstrual cup that, like other menstrual cups, works by sitting in your vaginal canal so it can collect menstrual blood. It can be worn for up to 12 hours and is environmentally friendly, compared to disposable tampons and menstrual pads. It comes in three different sizes, lasts for a year, and costs $40.
By all accounts, it’s comparable to other mainstream menstrual cups, and though technically speaking, any menstrual cup is gender neutral, the language and colorway of UltuCup is a great step for folks who aren’t into pink or buying products marketed mostly toward women.
Periods don’t care which gender a person identifies as, they just shed the lining of the womb and occasionally give a person a ton of PMS. However, our patriarchal society does care about gender roles, and having a period can be an isolating experience for many folks. Even those who do identify as a woman but reject the gender binary may find period branding dated, and while gender-neutral period products can’t do everything, they can help. Grab one of your own on the brand’s website for $40.
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