A small southern California company which produces “earth-friendly” feminine hygiene products has released the first tampon for post-op transgender women. The Sappho-Luxe company has released a product dubbed “Fem-Flo” earlier this week amid media attention surrounding Caitlin Jenner’s coming out as a trans-woman. Company founder, Cheryl Goldsmith, said about the product’s timing, “It certainly was a interesting coincidence, but not intentional. The additional exposure does not hurt, and regardless of the timing, we feel as if our product will be well received amongst the trans community. We are hoping to bring each trans-woman closer to the full female experience and diminish body dysmorphia triggers altogether.”
The product comes in 3 designs. “Fem-Flo Petite” is for the trans-woman who is still working to achieve maximum dilation, yet still wants to produce menses. “Fem-Flo Intermediate” provides dilation and an average amount of menstruation. And last, but not least, the “Fem-Flo Lush” for the trans-woman who wishes to enjoy “heavy” menstruation.
“Our product is designed to give post-op trans-gender women the full-spectrum experience of menstruation. You don’t have to be deprived of the beautiful and womanly occurrence of menstruation merely because you were born without uterus. The Fem-Flo’s cotton core contains a small, vegetable-based capsule which upon reaching body temperature releases the “menses” contained within. It also aids in keeping the post-op canal conditioned and dilated after surgery and beyond.”
Fem-Flo tampons will come in boxes of 25 and cost around $19.99 per box. Sappho-Luxe will begin shipping their product to major grocery stores nationwide next month.