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Information on periods

Welcome to information on The Menstrual Cycle

This section provides information on ‘periods’, the women’s menstrual cycle presented under the women’s section’– Cassandra Davis


Running Red Days

Does your period affect your running?

Running Red DaysOne of the biggest concerns facing women in sport is the effect of the menstrual cycle on performance. This stems from the time when girls were excused from school sports during their periods because it was considered bad for their health and unhygienic. In fact the increase in the number of women who are physically active has helped scientists understand the interaction between exercise and the menstrual cycle much better than ever before and allows coaches to base their advice on fact rather than old-wives tales. Nowadays it is not considered a taboo to run during a period and top distance runners and sprinters schedule their training around their monthly cycles. [Read more…]

Does running help alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms?

Alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms

Alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the term used to describe the physical, mental, or behavioural changes that some women experience before their menstrual periods begin every month. PMS can cause discomfort in different parts of the body, and it can also cause disturbing emotional feelings. Some of the symptoms you may experience with PMS could include one or more of the following: [Read more…]

What’s the best sanitary wear for running?

Running and Hygiene

Running and Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene is as important during menstruation as at any other time of the month, and good hygiene for sportswomen is no different, it goes without saying that sanitary napkins or tampons should be changed frequently especially before and directly after a run. [Read more…]

Why does running sometimes stop periods?

Running and Amenorrhea

Running and Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea is the medical term which refers to a prolonged absence of menstruation during the reproductive years of a woman for reasons other than pregnancy. Exercise is well known to affect the menstruation cycle, although it is not fully known how. [Read more…]

When is the best time of the month to run a race?

Best time of the month to race

Best time of the month to race

As already mentioned, all women have different menstrual cycles, so, the best advice is to start making a running log, a recording of how you feel each day during your run. This way you will be able to see if a pattern establishes itself. Many women find that they feel slow and sluggish in the couple of days leading up to their period and then fine once their period begins. Others feel really terrible the first day of their period and run very poor times if a race coincides with that day. [Read more…]

How does running affect contraception and infertility?

Running - contraception and infertility

Running – contraception and infertility

The absence of periods in runners of course often causes infertility, and is a major concern for even the recreational runner. However, there are also many cases of runners and non-runners with amenorrea who have fallen pregnant, so that running is not a recommended form of contraception. [Read more…]

Are runners at an elevated risk for osteoporosis?

Runners and the risk of Osteoporosis

Runners and the risk of Osteoporosis

It is generally accepted that exercise promotes bone health. However, research which has been undertaken on the relationship between intensive exercise, bone health, and estrogen (estrogen is a hormone responsible for growth and development of reproductive organs and maintenance of bone health), and irregular menstruation cycles show detrimental results on bone health in female athletes. [Read more…]


Women runners and testosterone levels

The questions related to testosterone levels in women. Testosterone – Will I grow stubble on my chin and develop big muscles from running? Believe it or not this is a common question that women who have never run want to know when contemplating running or embarking on an exercise programme. This is all related to levels of testosterone, a taboo hormone women like to pretend is strictly reserved for men or emasculated female college athletes. It has often been used as a performance enhancing drug which has further given the hormone a bad reputation. [Read more…]

Security on the run

Security on the Run

I am a northern Hemisphere, early morning, runner. I am out the door at 5:15am most mornings, which means that for three-quarters of the year-round I am running in the dark. [Read more…]

Female Problems on the run

Female Problems on the Run

Female Problems on the Run

Let’s face it there are some extremely embarrassing female bodily problems when it comes to running. Whilst our male running counterparts will happily fart, belch, sweat and can take a pit stop literally anywhere, the only thing they ever complain about it would seem is nipple chaffing. However, we have a host of problems to deal with from sanitary wear to holding everything in from sweat to urine. Cassandra Davis has experienced and lists some solutions to a bunch of problems you won’t find answers to in any of the running books. [Read more…]