Leah Williamson made history by winning the Euros with the Lionesses, but the England captain has revealed that crippling period pain threatened to jeopardise her cup-winning campaign.
The defender has disclosed that she suffers from endometriosis, the growth of uterine lining outside the womb, which gives her menstrual pain so severe it can prevent her from playing.
Williamson has said that debilitating period pain poses a major problem for female athletes, and would have been eradicated by now if men had to endure it.
She said: “I’m pretty sure if men had periods we would have figured out a way to stop them by now without doing any damage.”
We do know how to stop this. See the NHS:
You may be able to take some types of pill with no or shorter breaks (a tailored regime), which may reduce some side effects.
Not taking the breaks reduces periods – even eliminates them.
It’s also possible to sterilise, thereby stopping the entire hormonal cycle. Or, get pregnant, that also stops periods – for a time.
That we don’t know how to stop the cycle without a trade off? Well, that’s different, there’s near nothing we know how to stop or change without a trade off.