Repost: Why It Matters That Olympic Athletes are Talking About Their Periods


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Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu didn’t have her period when she landed her historic triple axel at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, but if you ask her, it wouldn’t have mattered. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, the she revealed that she was menstruating on her way over to the Olympics, but even if it continued while she was competing, it wouldn’t have stopper her.

“It’s really not that big of a deal. You just stick a tampon up there,” she tells the magazine, adding that exercising on the ice during her period can make her feel better. “Periods can induce cramps for me, which I find exercise helps [alleviate].”

Nagasu is the latest athlete to talk about how her period affects—or in her case, doesn’t affect—her performance. But is this something she even needs to (or should) address or an important addition to the conversation around menstruation? Like pretty much everything else related to ovaries, vaginas and uteruses — it’s complicated.

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