According to Wikipedia, a transgender man (an FTM) is “a person who was assigned a female sex at birth, but who feels that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves and consequently identifies as male.” Many trans guys inject T (testosterone) & have surgery to make their bodies look more masculine. Trans guys who haven’t gone on T yet (or who have only been on T for a few months) still experience menstruation.
Menstruation can be a particularly difficult time for some trans men because it is a reminder that their bodies don’t match their true gender identity. For the same reason, menstruation can also be difficult for some genderqueer people (people who feel like they don’t neatly fit either the ‘male’ or the ‘female’ category).
I found a diverse range of views about menstruation by transmen & genderqueer people on the internet:
“When I have awful cramps on a day that I am feeling boyish or the need to be tough, or when I have to be doing harder physical work [in my construction job], it just makes me feel disjointed… to be all weak in the middle but outwardly appear unperturbed.” (comment made on this genderqueer forum discussion about menstruation).
“I’m a trans guy, and I actually like menstruating. It’s kind of cool, if you think about it, just this monthly reminder of all the biological processes at work in my body. One thing I wonder about going on testosterone is whether I’ll miss menstruating. I like to think that it’s pretty manly. I mean, it involves blood and it has the word ‘men’ in it. What more could you ask for? I bet Chuck Norris menstruates.”
“I love my period. At times. When I have it feeling masculine, it messes with my masculinity, messes with my head, but makes me feel special. When I feel most feminine, it just messes with my head. When I feel beautifully in the middle, I LOVE the bleed. It makes me feel so womanly, so manly, so neither. It makes me feel me. (unless I have cramps)” (comment from a genderqueer person).
“From a genderqueer/leaning towards FTM perspective, menstruation is the only time when I actually feel female. Every other day of the month if you ask me what I am, I’ll either tell you I’m a guy or that it doesn’t matter, but the moment that hits I feel completely female. And it’s not because I’m thinking, “Oh look. Period blood. Guess I’m a woman.”, it’s something about the hormones that happen at the same time that completely takes away any dysphoria I feel and makes me feel right in my body for a few days. That’s honestly the only thing about menstruation that I hate, just because it makes me question myself; I don’t like feeling one way 95% of the time and then pulling a full 180 at the end of the month.”
Below are some videos on Youtube in which transgendered men, and their partners, talk about their experiences of menstruation.
“What is the deal with menstruation, God?”
Period dysphoria:”Robbed of my masculinity”
This man talks briefly about his partner who is a transgendered man on birth control who occasionally gets periods: