Two-time world surfing champion Tyler Wright talks about debilitating menstrual pains that left her bedridden and unable to eat: ‘I passed out, vomited and spent hours on the toilet’
- Tyler Wright has opened up about her debilitating period pain
- The two-time surfing world champion said she was bedridden
- She had to resort to pain medication every month to combat the problem
Two-time World Champion Tyler Wright has revealed she was hospitalized three days before the final World Surf League event due to prolonged menstrual problems.
In preparation for the next stop on the Championship Tour in El Salvador starting Friday, Wright took to her social media to talk about the crippling pain that has left her bedridden at times since she was a teenager.
Wright, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, was knocked out in the first round at the Surf Ranch Pro in California’s wave pool last week, but revealed she had to seek medical treatment ahead of the event.
She said she was dependent on painkillers every month.
“It’s hard when you put so much work into something, you feel great and then you have a period so horrible that you’re hospitalized three days after an event,” the 29-year-old wrote on Instagram.
Aussie surfer Tyler Wright (left) has opened up about her debilitating period pain
She says she was bedridden and unable to eat because of her menstrual problems
“Competing after those three days of being mostly bedridden and unable to eat was the harsh reality of navigating my period while meeting the requirements in my professional career.”
Wright explained that managing her menstrual cycle had been a “journey,” but she felt more in tune with her body than she had when she was a teenager.
She realized that pushing herself through this time would make her more susceptible to injury.
“I’ve come a long way since my teenage years, not even knowing it wasn’t normal to have monthly excruciating pain that would lead to passing out, vomiting, and spending hours on the toilet.”
“Today my menstrual management looks like a tailored training program based on the 4 menstrual phases where I listen carefully and plan what my body needs – even if it means prioritizing less time in the water before competition to sleep and recovery leading up to my period. period and when I am aware that this is the time when I am most at risk of injury.’
Wright said she had the option of having surgery, but it was not a guaranteed solution and she needed time away from the track.
The NSW south coast ace is trying to maintain her top-five position so she can compete in the WSL Finals in September in California, where the world title will be decided.
Wright (right) says managing her menstrual cycle had been a “journey” but it made her feel more in tune with her body