Performance Over Periods

Sometimes, there’s a topic that you wanna cover on your blog, but you just don’t know what angle to come at it from. Or, you think, oh it isn’t applicable to some of my audience, in this case, maybe the guys. Then, I’m thinking, every single man on this earth has women as part of their lives be that their mother, partner, sister, friend… and really, there is no reason women should be shy about talking about their periods.

Because when it comes to sport and exercise, our periods do affect our performance. I think I remember a female tennis player bringing it up once and everyone seemed a little shocked…

The Story Of My Cycle

My periods began around the age of 13 in secondary school. One of my first memories of being on my period was going ice skating (this was a Sunday night thing, believe it or not) and having the time of my life, pain free and comfortable. But with each monthly cycle came more pain, more discomfort and a loss of motivation to move never mind be physically active.

The doctor put me on strong medication which worked for a while; then my body got used to them and the pain would again worsen each month. The final option was to go on the pill. And that story literally brings me all the way up to today… aged 31.

How The Pill Worked For Me

Now, I’m not advocating the pill at all. Each person really needs to do whatever works for their body. The side affects can sometimes outweigh the benefits but this just happened to not be the case for me. Being on the pill has allowed me to control if / when I have a period in turn allowing me to take part in sport, exercise and physical activity without wondering how I would feel or if I would be up to it.

In the last few years though, I’ve questioned how good / bad the pill may be for my body and having spoken to various friends about it I did ask the Doctor if he felt I should take a break and he informed me that I “still have 5 more years” (when I would be 35). I wasn’t completely happy with that response but continued with the pill anyway as it basically is all that I know.

Recommended Reading – Sweetening The Pill 

Recommended Reading – Vagina: A New Biography


In the last six weeks, I stopped taking the pill. Half the reason was because I was unorganised and didn’t realise I was out, then I took my time requesting a repeat prescription and getting it fulfilled. The other half of the reason was that I was curious to have a time in my life where I’m me without adding hormones into my system and a short chance to get to know my body.

It got me thinking too. This { In My Skin } series started with me taking vitamins to see if they would affect my skin. So all the consideration was there for what I was putting in my body and on my skin but only from one perspective.

Veeda Natural Sanitary Products

So when Veeda got in touch, I hesitantly, but curiously, said yes to trying out their products. Veeda offer a range of tampons, towels and liners all of which are 100% natural cotton with no chemicals or dyes added. This means they are hypoallergenic and also carry a reduced risk of toxic shock syndrome. And what’s also important is the affordability of these products.

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I even got to use the Veeda products when I went on my weekend ride and them being 100% cotton actually made for a more comfortable day without the increased sweat which can be induced by the almost plastic like towels I’ve been using in the past.

Summing things up nicely with a couple questions…

1. Will I continue using Veeda products?! ….Yes.
2. Will I talk about periods and such topics again?! …Yes, why not?!

Are you on the contraceptive pill?! What has your experience been?!

Are you open and feel able to talk about your monthly cycle? Does it affect your participation in exercise?! 




  1. Veeda
    April 15, 2016 / 12:02

    Thank you so much for the review and for raising awareness for such an important issue for women in sports!

    • Elle
      January 24, 2020 / 22:28

      [REPOSTED from APRIL 15, 2016 / 20:23] More than welcome! Always happy to share products that I love and know others will too!

  2. CARLA
    April 13, 2016 / 09:19

    Super interesting.My ten year old doesnt have her period yet, but I LOVE how many options we have no versus when I first got mine!

    • Elle Linton
      April 14, 2016 / 22:00

      Same here (re options!) …I think it's also great now that blogs are around for individuals to speak openly about such topics so their is a wealth of information for young women to read and get clued up on!

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