A Swimmer Talks About What It's Like to Have Your Period During the Olympics

She definitely wins the gold for breaking this taboo.


As if getting out of bed in the morning when you have period cramps isn't already difficult enough, just imagine what it'd be like to have them while trying to compete in the Olympics.

Such was the case for Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui, who got her period the night before she was set to compete in the women's 4x100-meter relay on Saturday. After completing the race and earning fourth place with her teammates, .

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" — I let my teammates down," she responded. ". But this isn't an excuse, I still didn't swim as well as I should have."

Many we quick to applaud Fu for her honesty, while others debated whether or not it was "hygienic" for a woman to get into a swimming pool on her period in the first place. (Spoiler alert: It's totally fine.) Yuanhui's comments also sparked a discussion on China's popular social media app Sina Weibo about the use of tampons, which aren't widely used there.

"Someone accused Fu of lying, asking how she could have gone in the water on her period," one user wrote, according to the BBC. "."

Given how much of a taboo topic that menstruation continues to be — both in professional sports and in general — Yuanhui may not have won a medal this race, but she definitely wins the gold for girl power.

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