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Twitter user goes viral after insisting that men get periods and Fitbit's 'Female Health' isn't inclusive enough: 'I'm not female and I menstruate'

User says Fitbit responds, and is 'working on pushing this change'

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A queer Twitter user has gone viral for criticizing Fitbit for its "Female Health" tracker because the term apparently isn't inclusive enough — to people who aren't women who get periods.

What are the details?

On Saturday, Twitter user, "Lilo the Autistic Queer," wrote, "Hey @FitbitSupport. I love the 'Female Health' tracker in your app. However, I'm not female & I menstruate. Many trans & intersex people are in this position and feel alienated from menstrual health access. Could you please change the name to the neutral term 'Menstrual Health?'"

The user added, "If people could retweet this to try to get @fitbit to see it, that would be helpful. It's a tiny change they could make that will make a huge difference to a lot of people. I don't want to have to misgender myself and my body in order to access menstrual health tools."

The user — who prefers the pronouns "they" and "them" — also shared a screenshot of what the offending term looked like.

"Here is what the tool looks like, with the one issue circled," the user wrote. "It lets me track my period, tells me when my next period is likely to happen, let's me track symptoms (including on non-period days), keeps track of trends, and tracks fertility."

After the user's tweet went viral, they noted that a Fitbit employee reportedly reached out to them for the apparent sake of inclusivity.

"Hey just so y'all know a Fitbit employee DMed me and said that they and several others are working on pushing this change, but that it may take some time," the user added. "Just keeping everyone updated."

Anything else?

The Twitter user told The Daily Caller that they were referring to people "assigned female at birth" who can also have menstrual cycles.

"I was referring to people who were assigned female at birth," the user said in a statement. "Trans men and nonbinary people who have a uterus and menstruate, but do not identify as female as it is a word strongly associated with womanhood."

The user also added that "born female" is even different from "biologically female."

"'Born female' is not really the best way to phrase it because that implies that someone is biologically 'female' but of a different gender," the user continued. "Female is a gendered word strongly associated with womanhood, so using it to talk about a trans person who is not a woman can be misgendering and dysphoria-inducing."

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