my new favorite olympian

My New Favorite Olympian, Episode 4: Volleyball Star Alix Klineman

In Episode 4 of the sports podcast “My New Favorite Olympian,” we interview volleyball star Alix Klineman about women's health, hormones and why it's important to destigmatize talking about menstruation

Why My New Favorite Olympian is... Alix Klineman

Olympic beach volleyball player Alix Klineman wants to help other women understand their bodies. So she's talking about her years-long struggle to understand and regulate her hormones and menstrual cycle in an attempt to destigmatize these topics that have long felt taboo.

Klineman joined NBCLX's Ngozi Ekeledo and Olympic fencing medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad on our podcast "My New Favorite Olympian" to discuss her mission, and her Olympic journey. (CLICK HERE to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform or CLICK HERE to watch the full video.)

Episode Summary

In this episode, Klineman reveals how she first went on birth control when she was 15 years old to treat an unrelated medical condition, and how her body reacted when she was ready to come off the pill years later. "I went off, I got cystic acne all over my face and I was like, this is not normal….I knew that this was my body telling me something's wrong and something's off," she said. That was just the beginning of her journey to understand how her menstrual cycle affects her body and her athletic performance.

Quotables

'I think this is something that is not talked about enough. And just to even know that there's this huge link between injuries and birth control — I don't even think that most female athletes know this. And I think this should be baseline information.'

Reccomended Resources:

USA Volleyball: Alix Klineman

Dr. Georgie Bruinvels, FitrWoman

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