The following is an article from a woman who chooses to play even during her periods. Period!
Periods, in general, isn’t much spoken about, as the society chooses not to talk about something uncomfortable. Recently though, Bollywood did a similar campaign that would be helpful to the women out there. Therefore, we have P V Sindhu, who posted a photo of her holding a sanitary napkin in hand.
Eventually, the initiative was used to speak about a hushed topic like menstruation. Yet, something like menstruation and sports isn’t discussed very often.
Ever since the last four years, the World Menstrual Hygiene Day has been observed on May 28. The initiative was started by a German-based NGO, Wash United.
I was pleasantly surprised when a Chinese swimmer, Fu Yuanhui, spoke about having her periods the night before she had to participate in the women’s 4*100 metre relay.
Yes, it is totally hygienic to swim during your menstrual cycles.
While we have several myths associated with our monthly cycles, one of the most common one is that sportswomen skip any kind of physical activity. To bust that myth, I will tell you there isn’t anything like that! I just gave an example above!
1. Track the date: In today’s day and age, we have several apps that can track your menstrual cycles. It is helpful to know about these dates beforehand. Though you cannot control when the games will happen, you can at least be prepared for it.
2. Hydration: Staying hydrated is very important as it will enhance your stamina. Drinking water and fresh juices will help.
3. Nutrition: Eating the adequate amount is essential as your body burns down a good number of calories while playing.
4. Rest: Yes, this is the most important part as your body requires rest to rebuild and perform for the next match or round.
Apart from all these, do not forget to carry all the sanitary essentials with you, which include sanitary napkins and tampons. Wear comfortable sports clothes so that you do not feel conscious.
Menstruation among female athlete should not be a taboo in these spaces. People should speak about it and address the issues.
Periods are natural. Let’s talk about them!
A version of this post was first published on Playo.
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