While women’s football is on the rise globally, with the game becoming more popular and professionalised, a new study has found that the topic of periods and pregnancy is still taboo in the sport.
The study, conducted by Dr. Georgie Bruinvels of the University of Brighton, found that while most female footballers are comfortable talking about their periods with team-mates and staff, there is still a lot of stigma and taboo surrounding the subject.
This research is important as it highlights how, despite the tremendous progress that has been made in women’s football in recent years, there are still some areas where the game lags behind others in terms of equality.
Bruinvels’ research also found that pregnancy is still a taboo subject in women’s football, with many players feeling that they have to keep their pregnancies secret for fear of being judged or discriminated against.
This is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently, as pregnancy is a natural part of life and women should not have to feel like they have to hide this fact in order to play football.
Overall, this research highlights the need for further education and open dialogue around periods and pregnancy in women’s football, in order to break down the remaining barriers to equality in the sport.
A recent study has found that periods and pregnancy are still taboo topics in women’s football.
The study, which was conducted by the University of Brighton, found that nearly two-thirds of women’s footballers have experienced period stigma.
This includes being told that they are ‘too weak’ to play during their period, or being asked to leave training because they are ‘on the rag’.
The study also found that nearly one in five women’s footballers have been pregnant while playing.
However, only a third of these players felt comfortable discussing their pregnancy with their team-mates or coach.
This research highlights the need for more open discussion about periods and pregnancy in women’s football.
It is vital that women’s footballers feel able to openly discuss these issues, without fear of stigma or discrimination.
Only by doing so can we ensure that women’s football is truly inclusive for all players.