Exercise And Menstruation: New Research

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Experiments conducted in Europe using women rowers of all skill levels reveal that measurements of a rower’s strength, endurance, and fitness levels “never varied, no matter where a woman was in her menstrual cycle. She could row just as long and powerfully whether her estrogen levels were high, low or in between; whether she used contraceptives; and whether she was an experienced, competitive athlete or a rowing duffer.” I’m happy to see this research disprove outdated ideas about women being more delicate than men, especially when menstruating.

So, ladies, no matter where you are in your cycle, exercise away!

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Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.