Does time of the month mean game over on the field?

Does a woman perform better in sporting competitions if she has her period?

Well the answer is… nobody knows, because nobody has ever tested it.

An editorial published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has criticised the lack of studies on females in the sport and exercise domain.

The authors say that women have been left out of studies because of the hormonal variations in their menstrual cycle. And it’s not just sport and exercise studies either – it’s across the whole health spectrum.

Georgie Bruinvels is a PhD student from the University College of London and one of the authors of the study. She spoke to Ellen Leabeater.

Image: Singapore2010 on Flickr.

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