Female athletes go through a lot of challenges as they pursue their respective careers. They face similar hurdles male athletes take in an effort to improve their performance. With that being said, female athletes face a few extra issues concerning their health. Let us consider some of these issues today and how they are able to get timely aid and assistance to overcome these challenges in life.
The recent Olympics that happened in Rio had a total number of 11,303. A good number of these athletes are females each representing their own country. One of the most common issues female athletes face is when pointing out to women’s health is their menstrual cycle. This occurrence is oftentimes known to cause women a number of issues unpleasant symptoms, such as anxiety and bloating. Others feel relatively weak and there have been reports of female athletes losing their matches due to menstruation.
Extra measures are taken by female professional athletes to lessen the likelihood that menstruating will interfere with their activities. With the help of modern age and technology, IUDs and hormonal birth controls have become quite a popular alternative that cause fewer or no periods for the time being. This is great especially when one is running or swimming as they don’t need to wear pads that can hinder their movement.
A number of female athletes experience a condition known as hypothalamic amenorrhea which can be advantageous while their professional sport careers are on the line. This is condition is known to stop menstruation for several months due to a problem involving the hypothalamus. This is typically common to endurance athletes, like runners or triathletes, who are exceptionally lean. Their period typically comes back as normal once these athletes scales back her activity and gains weight.
Unexpected child birth can also halt a professional female athlete’s career for a considerable period of time. This is the reason why female athletes are advised to consider family planning using contraceptives to avoid carrying an unexpected child during the tournament. It should be noted that as of writing, maternity grants of leave for professional female athletes does not exist yet. Of course, you can’t stop an Olympic game just because of a menstrual cycle and many female athletes feel just the same. Careful planning seems to help prepare both their bodies and mind if they are expecting a period.
It is good to hear that female athletes today are given a number of options on how to stop their menstrual cycle. The growing number of professional female athletes in the present is pretty encouraging to see. Their sheer numbers give a positive feedback showing the world that issues such as menstrual cycle and other related problems did not completely stop them from achieving their dreams.
Maternity leave for professional female athletes is still something that needs to be looked upon and studies further. Hopefully, sports organizations will be able to come up with a timely and effectively solution on how to deal with health issues their female athletes are facing. What we can do today is to help spread the necessary information to the public helping shed some light on this particular issue. We hope to see more female athletes competing in sports events and having their needs attended as well.