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Published on August 22, 2016

How Periods Impact a Woman’s Athletic Performance

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui surprised the world in Rio last week when she spoke candidly about how getting her period had negatively impacted her Olympic performance during the 4X100 meter relay.

When asked about “stomach pain,” she said, “yes, I’m having my period.”

lynn-rogersHow does menstruation affect female athletes? We asked Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., the director of the Neuralplasticity Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Rogers is also an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

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