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Recently we looked at the link between different stages of your menstrual cycle and how this might affect exercise performance. In short? It certainly can! For those of us just brushing the dust off our running shoes or those who seriously get their money's worth from their gym membership, knowing how our body is affected physically throughout our cycle can be super helpful. (Psst! At the end of this article is a printable PDF guide to getting to know how YOUR menstrual cycle affects your exercise performance.) But what about professional athletes? Are women at a disadvantage compared to their male counterparts? Do they train in accordance to where they are in their cycle? Should they even? After doing some research, asking a few questions from some top-notch athletes and creating a small survey for Lunette menstural cup users, we discovered this: the knowledge of menstrual cycles altogether is low and it is not common, even with professional athletes, to consider their menstrual cycle when planning their exercise. Athletic performance and the menstrual cycle: myth busting A common assumption is that some women suffer from big drops in iron and hemoglobin around the time their periods end and thus should maybe “take it easy” right? Actually research shows that there’s no significant loss of either around this time. In fact, around this time in your menstrual cycle your body is geared up for the more high intensity training! According to a Swedish study, you can actually gain more muscle mass by training during the first weeks of the menstrual cycle, from the beginning of your menstruation until ovulation. “The group that trained early in their cycles ended up performing clearly better than those who trained in the second two weeks. Their legs grew stronger, gaining more muscle mass and they could jump higher than they could before.” (Source: http://sciencenordic.com/your-period-makes-you-train-more-effectively) So it looks like things aren’t so black and white after all. What is clear is that you may be more prone to fatigue, dehydration or injuries at certain times in your cycle. Just like there will be times when you’re feeling more powerful and resilient! (Psst! Check out our previous blog post about all the different stages of the cycle and their effects here). Not to mention all the extra considerations such as lack of research in this area, stigma around the subject and the other inconveniences that being on your period brings (other than the obvious physical symptoms). But they’re out there winning gold medals none the less! We got in touch with some of these athletic rockstars and asked them what their experience is with training and their menstrual cycles: Athlete, Anni Metsola, had a heart transplant in 1994. She says that menstrual cycle does not affect much her training. The important thing is to listen to your body and exercise accordingly. A diver, Karoliina Blackburn, tells us that the menstrual cycle mainly affects her stamina and overall mood. “I don’t feel like training super hard on the first days of my period when there are more menstrual cramps. Aggression during PMS can be utilized to something useful, for example doing something new and scary – excel oneself.” She also mentions that exercise is good reliever for menstrual cramps and other symptoms: “Exercise eases pain and swelling and makes you feel better. Exercise is like medicine even for intense pain. Water sports are particularly effective.” A high school freshman MMA fighter/cheerleader/wrestler Trista Stordahl says that she exercises normally during her period. She thinks that periods should not stop you from being you. The future of athletics and research on menstrual cycles Finnish doctor Pippa Laukka, who specializes in sports, says that menstrual cycles should be discussed and utilized more in professional training. “I think the best way is to anticipate and make use of your periods. Menstrual cycle is a sign of a healthy hormonal balance. It’s a bigger issue if you don’t have your periods. The wellbeing of the athlete is important thing to follow up and menstrual cycle should be normal part of that.” Athletes, trainers and institutes are already well-versed in the impact of nutrition and types of training on performance. It seems only natural that research will look more into how hormonal changes during women's menstrual cycles can impact them physically. Importantly, we look forward to seeing more open conversations about it especially in the sporting industry! Professional athletes and menstrual cups As mentioned earlier, it’s not just the hormonal changes that can interfere with performance. Even those of us who don’t train everyday, often in the unforgiving elements, sometimes in front of thousands of people and in tight clothing (oh Lord) we know the inconveniences and troubles the period products themselves can bring us. The popularity for menstrual cups in the sport industry is growing. Worry-free, stain-free comfort and protection for up to 12 hours? Yes please! Olympic swimmers in the pool all day, trapeze artists suspended in mid-air, professional cyclists riding non-stop for hours on end are embracing the menstrual cup and, of course we’re totally bias, we think this is totally the future. But don’t take just our word for it! Here is what the athletes we talked to have to say about menstrual cups: Surfer Allison Taylor: "Lunette is something you can always have with you, and I think that’s important for athletes who menstruate. For surfers, when you’re paddling to catch a wave you need something that’s always protecting that burst of energy you get from popping up on your board and a menstrual cup provides that protection.” Yogi Sine Lopez: “Wellness has been a big focus for me in my twenties. Finding practices and products that add sustainable value to my life has been challenging, but life changing every time I've found a match. Lunette, like yoga, has been one of those finds.” A high school freshman MMA fighter/cheerleader/wrestler Trista Stordahl: "With a cup like Lunette you can be you, limitless. Let nothing hold you back, including your period." Diver Karoliina Blackburn: “It’s always with you! Even when you have forgotten to buy pads or tampons and there is no shop anywhere near. AND it is very economical, buy one and you are all set for years. A menstrual cup also holds a lot of blood, more than a tampon.” Transplant athlete Anni Metsola: “A menstrual cup is very reliable. And a deffinate plus: no pad lines in workout tights!” Your guide to exercise throughout your menstrual cycle You can download and print your very own menstrual cycle and training guide here for free:Read The Story
When it comes to your menstrual cycle we often spend a lot of time talking about periods (well we enjoy talking about it anyway) but your cycle, and the hormonal changes that govern in, are ongoing all the time. They can have big effects both mentally and physically but how your menstrual cycle affects you when you exercise may surprise you. We dived in to articles and research and put together the What’s and Why’s of your physical journey through your cycle, as well as tips to get the most out of your exercise at different times. At the bottom of this article you’ll also find a handy little printout guide to stick on your fridge, in your gym bag or at the bottom of your wardrobe with the rest of the workout gear you’ll get around to using...one day... But let’s get one thing straight. No two bodies are the same and no two cycles are either. One of the things that stood out to us the most when looking into this was how new and how little a lot of the research was (imagine how much research there would be if men had periods amiright?). We know that the most important thing you can do is get to know your own body and how you feel throughout the month. That’s why we put together this handy guide on getting to know your cycle a bit more. But what does the current research tell us? We broke it down below: Different stages of the menstrual cycle and exercise Follicular Phase (days 1-7): Menstruation What’s going on: Estrogen and progesterone levels are at their lowest and your body is using more glykogen (a form of glucose) as a source of energy. What this means: You might experience higher energy levels, higher pain tolerance (say what!) and faster recovery. That’s right people...period time is POWER TIME. Exercise tips: This could be a great time to push yourself on the more demanding exercises such as weight training and high intensity training (did someone say bootcamp?). Fun fact: Hormonally, this is when we are most “man-like” during our cycle. Feel free to bring that up next time a guy makes a joke about you being on your period ;) Follicular Phase (days 8-14): Between menstruation & Ovulation What’s going on: Your estrogen levels start to rise and your body tries to conserve all that glykogen it has stored up. What this means: More fat is being used as fuel which may sound great but this process is slower than with glykogen so it can feel difficult to train at higher intensities. Exercise tips: Endurance training can be your friend here as you try to maintain a lower and steadier pulse. That means getting the running shoes out of the closet for some long distance running or jogging. Not-so-fun-but-useful fact: As you get closer to ovulation your risk of injury can increase (yikes) so take those warm-up and cool-down sessions seriously! Luteral Phase (days 15-28) What’s going on: Here your progesterone levels rise which alters your metabolism and how you handle heat. What this means: You can feel more easily overheated and prone to fatigue. This is also when you’re likely to feel those PMS symptoms and under the weather. Exercise tips: Crack out the yoga mat and spend some more time on the gentler exercises. Walking and jogging can also be great options at this time. Definitely-not-fun-but-super-important fact: During this time you’re also more likely to suffer from low sodium levels in the blood so be extra vigilant in keeping hydrated! --- A finnish doctor Pippa Laukka specialized in sports have been talking about periods and sports ”Yes, menstruation can affect performance in sports. For some it affect negatively and for some positively. Medals have been won and records have been broken in all phases of the menstrual cycle.” Dr. Laukka says that menstrual cycle is not something you should stress about if you are just exercising normally. But if your exercising is more goal-orinted, like training for a marathon, menstrual cycle is something to consider when planning the training. She also presses the importance of listening your body when it comes to exercise. “Usually exercise helps with the menstrual cramps and symptoms. I would suggest exercising rather than doing nothing. If you are feeling unwell, you have pain, weakness in muscles and you don’t recover normally, I would consider doing a bit lighter workout instead of high intensity training.” Get the printable guide to exercise on YOUR cycle Phew! That can be a lot to keep track of. So here’s a printable PDF for you that you can fill in and keep track of your own cycle and experience:Read The Story
Our mission is to have honest and inspiring conversation about menstruation so that we can motivate period positivity- and change the world one conversation and one cup at a time. Yesterday, Heli (@HeliK_Lunette ) CEO of Lunette spoke at the UN general assembly in the crucial discussion of “The role of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Economic Empowerment of Women.”“When women and girls are freed from adversities and issues, that come as a result of being on their period, then they can unleash their true empowerment. Unfortunately there are many in the world who are still facing these unnecessary hardships. We believe that positive change is possible and we’re working to prove it.” Heli spoke alongside the Vice President of Costa Rica Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland, Kai Mykkänen and Minister of Gender, Zambia, Victoria Kalima as well as many others. The discussion reviewed the critical links between sexual and reproductive health and rights and women’s full participation in economic development. It’s critical that we are able to strengthen awareness and to leverage commitment on realizing women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and their economic empowerment. Lunette is more than just a menstrual cup. We’re a group of passionate and creative value-activists who want to spread a powerful message. Heli and the rest of the Lunette team are immensely proud and humbled by the opportunity to speak at such an important event about a topic we care so deeply about. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #SRHREmpowers ------- #SRHREmpowers #UNWomen #UNFPA Menstruation is a vital issue for the international community. "Violence towards women in refugee camps has nothing to do with lust. It has to do with power. This is unacceptable." -Mr. Frans Timmermans Education and dialog is key to protect women's human rights. "Boys and men are a vital part of the equation in supporting the girl through her journey." -Dr. Natalia Kanem "The barriers that we see are based on social norms. There is an assumption that teaching sexual education will encourage girls to be sexually active." -Dr. Lydia Murithi (sexual and reproductive health specialist, ICRW) It's not easy to integrate sex and reproductive education into the school curriculum. But that's the direction that we need to go in. "We can be proactive as far as documentation. But we need to be proactive in implementation." -Ms. Annah Sango, Zimbabwe Young Positives.) As communities invest in their girls we protect them from violence and maternal death. "Gender based violence effects the wellbeing of women in every country." -Dr. Natalia KanemRead The Story