Much of the scientific research concerning sports, and in particular concerning the factors that affect sports performance, is based on a universal male subject, on a neutral body. It does not take into account differences related to gender and sex, neither it adopts women perspective.
On the contrary, the focus of this research is on the experience of female athletes. What is their relationship with menstruation and pain? Is this an issue discussed with teammates and coaches? What strategies can be put in place to cope with menstruation while practicing sports?
The project is ounded by Lerici Foundation ( and will take place between the Politesse Research Center and the Center for Sexology and Sexuality Studies