We recognize that reproductive health is not solely a women’s matter, and that it is a complex topic with multiple intersecting parts.
At the same time, we recognize that womanhood is not defined by menstruation: not all women have periods, and not all people with periods are women. People of many genders, including trans, nonbinary, and intersex people, may want to balance their hormones, achieve a pain-free period, avoid pregnancy, or become pregnant, the same way that people of many genders experience PCOS, period problems, and fertility issues, and many cisgender women do not have periods. We also recognize that while trans, non-binary, and intersex people can have overlapping reproductive health needs with cisgender women, they also have many needs and experiences that are unique, which are not covered in these guides.
She Syncs is a reflection of our founder Bailey’s personal healing journey with discovering menstrual cycle awareness and how much she benefited from syncing her life with her cycle. The name She Syncs was inspired from this deeply personal connection to the business, with “she” referring to her pronouns of she/her.
Throughout the program we have attempted to limit the use of gendered language; however, it is still used in the following instances:
“Female reproductive hormones” and “female reproductive system” are used as descriptors when necessary.
“Women” is used when reporting findings or statistics from studies that have been conducted with female participants who identify as women. We acknowledege that current literature around reproductive, sexual, and hormonal health recruits largely only cisgender women, leaving out the important perspectives and experiences of people of other genders.
Anatomical terms are used to describe reproductive organs and body parts, such as vagina, ovaries, uterus, and breasts. This choice was made to ensure that the information was as clear as possible for all readers; however, we understand that these terms have limitations and may cause discomfort for some readers.
Our content may be relevant to anyone with a female-assigned reproductive system or anyone seeking to find balance with female hormones.
That said, our content was written by cisgender* women, the content development was approached from the lens of the female cycle, and therefore, the information is likely to be more suited to those who resonate or identify with harnessing the female hormones and the cyclical nature of the menstrual cycle. We fully acknowledge that cisgender women are not the only, nor the most important, decision-makers when it comes to reproductive health, and we strongly believe that all people have the right to body autonomy and self-determination.
Our current offerings may be triggering to both people with cycles who don’t identify as women, as well as women who are not able to menstruate. That said, we do welcome all people in this space, including men who seek to be supportive of their partner’s reproductive health needs. As a team, we are committed to learning and unlearning, and open and receptive to feedback from all of our potential readers.
For anyone seeking additional non-gendered resources and information, here are a few resources that may be helpful to you:
• Clue App: a non-gendered period and ovulation tracking app
• Clue Encyclopedia: a blog with information for LGBTQIA+ people, including periods beyond gender, LGBTQIA+ voices, and LGBTQIA+ health
• Planned Parenthood: offers resources for finding trans-friendly doctors in your area (in the US), in addition to education about what to know about trans health care
• National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center: offers a variety of learning resources for LGBTQIA+ people, including reproductive health
*A term used to describe a person whose gender identity matches their assigned sex at birth.