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Female Athletes and the Menstrual Cycle

Female athletes who under eat and over train are risking their health. One of the biggest warning signs that an athlete is risking her health is disruption in the menstrual cycle. Disruption in the cycle signals a hormone imbalance that can lead to osteoporosis causing brittle and broken bones. There are also signs of fatigue due to low energy levels. If an athlete is having any of these problems, they should be addressed immediately. Several specialists will likely need to be involved including physicians, dietitians, and psychologists.

Key Takeaways:

  • Female athletes can have dysfunctional menstrual cycles. This is not healthy and should be addressed immediately.
  • Menstrual dysfunction can negatively effect strength and speed. Prolonged periods have both physical and mental consequences.
  • Treatment includes monitoring nutrition and exercise. Professional guidance is highly recommended.

“Females without regular periods will experience changes in estrogen and other hormones that are critical to bone density, long-term health and athletic performance.”

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