Olympic Swimmer Fu Yuanhui Praised for Speaking About Having Her Period

"I feel that I didn't swim well today....my period came yesterday," Chinese Olympic Yuanhui said after her team placed fourth in the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Supporters say she impressively broke a taboo with her comments.

Folks had a problem with blood in the water.

Gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter, a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, says it’s entirely false that menstruation contaminates pools. “It’s not any kind of public health risk,” Gunter told Today.com when asked about a similar discussion that popped up in Tbilisi, Georgia, after a woman was shocked to see a sign at her pool and fitness club instructing women not to swim while on their periods.

Gunter explained that pool water doesn’t come in and flush out menstrual blood while women are swimming. And while it’s possible that something could leak out, even past a tampon, it would be minuscule.

“To hone in on menstrual blood is ridiculous,” Gunter said, when there’s also sweat, urine and fecal matter to consider. “That is why they put chlorine in a pool, because humans secrete.”


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