#IfMenHadPeriods Reveals Transphobia In Western Medicine

By Shay-Akil McLean

Last week Dr. Jennifer Gunter, a Canadian OB/GYN, tweeted “If men had periods pads would be free” in an attempt to highlight what she and many other women see as a disparity defining their lived experience as women: menstruation.  Dr. Gunter’s tweet inspired Pediatrician Dr. Joannie Yeh to create the hashtag “#IfMenHadPeriods” that later trended on twitter sparking some important conversations that bring to light the role that Western medicine and medical practitioners have in perpetuating exclusionary ideologies that underlie health inequities impacting Transgender and Non-binary gender patients.