In July, Ironman champion Meredith Kessler talked to mbg about something she'd been wrestling with her entire life: her period. As a high school cross-country star, Meredith's radiant vibes made her seem like the happiest teenager in the world. And for the most part, she was—but when she discovered that a lack of body fat had led to an inability to get her period and extremely brittle bones, she was devastated.
And so Meredith's quest to get her period every 28 days began. And in a world that celebrates the woman who runs a marathon without a tampon to fight period-shaming and where some teenage athletes actually use the different phases of their cycle to optimize their training, what about the woman who struggles to get her period at all?