“People don’t always talk about it either because you see girls that have been so consistent and there is a random dip,” Asher-Smith told BBC Sport.
“Behind the scenes, they have been really struggling, but outwards everybody else is saying, ‘What’s that? That’s random,’ so it could just do with more funding.
“I feel like if it was a men’s issue, we would have a million different ways to combat things, but with women, there just needs to be more funding in that area.”
The 26-year-old pulled up 60m into the race on Tuesday suffering from cramps in her calves and finished last, but swatted away any lingering injury doubts when she returned to the track on Thursday evening for the semifinals of the 200m.
“[It was] girl stuff [on Tuesday]. It was frustrating, but just one of those things,” she told BBC Sport after she had won her 200m heat with a time of 22.53 seconds.
“It is a shame because I am in really good shape, so I was really looking to come and run fast here, but sometimes, that is not the way that everything pans out.”
“It is something which I think more people need to actually research from a sports science perspective because it is absolutely huge.”
Nonetheless, several female athletes have begun to publicly address the impact of periods on their performance, breaking the taboo which still exists around the subject.
Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, meanwhile, recently launched her own fitness app which incorporates menstrual cycle tracking into its exercise planning, allowing users to train around their cycle.
Asher-Smith will next compete in the 200m final this evening.
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