Athletes and their Menstrual Cycle

It's a factor, not a hindrance

After the success of our menstrual cycle research with you, my dear readers,I wanted to explore the same area with female athletes.

I sent out this questionnaire to as many athletes as I could get hold of. The idea was to see if these athletes monitor their cycle and whether their cycle markedly affected their performance.

Athletes are an interesting group as their bodies are machines and the output from their bodies is measured in goals, tries, medals and personal bests. 

We asked about a variety of symptoms in the various phases of the cycle as well as when their strength and motivation is most impacted.

The results show that even though there are clear areas of majority, it still demonstrates how varied the experience of symptoms is and how it affects people differently.

Many athletes pointed out that we can't be held back by our cycles. It's simply another factor to consider, something that is part of our make up.

Check out the results!

 
87%

Have a cycle they consider to be "normal"


11%

Are dealing with reproductive system issues like PCOS or Endometriosis. This reflects the population incidence of these issues 5-10% of females have PCOS and 10-20% have Endometriosis.

Several respondents mentioned that they had not considered this connection before and would monitor their performance throughout their cycle more closely in future.


30%

Consider their cycle when planning their training schedule


48%

Said they had managed the timing of their cycle around big events such as competitions to minimise adverse effects during their cycle and try to ensure they are at their competitive best.
 

Phases of their cycles where Athletes reported strength and motivation

Physically Strongest

Least Strong

 

Motivated & Energised

 
 

Athletes who report symptoms in each phase of their cycle

 
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Sports the Repondents compete in

 
 Word Cloud showing the sports respondents compete in |Grace Brown Fitness London