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Influence of a physical fitness course on menstrual cycle characteristics.
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PMID:  19031225     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: Exercise is commonly cited as a remedy for menstrual symptoms. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of a period of exercise on physical and psychological symptoms of menstruation, dysmenorrhea, oligomenorrhea and amenorrhea. METHODS: Participants of the study were 250 students of Shiraz University who enrolled in a fitness course. The study design was semi-experimental with one group. Prior and after 12 weeks of a physical fitness program, our subjects completed questionnaires on menstrual distress. The physical fitness training program included physical fitness exercises (cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, agility, speed, strength; duration: 90 min, frequency: twice weekly, intensity: 50 to 70% of maximum heart rate). The t test was used for analysis of the data. RESULTS: Physical premenstrual symptoms (p = 0.005), psychological premenstrual symptoms (p = 0.019), dysmenorrhea (p = 0.0001) and oligomenorrhea (p = 0.034) were significantly reduced after the training program. There was no difference in the incidence of amenorrhea before and after the training program (p = 0.162). CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate that selected physical fitness exercises positively influenced menstrual symptoms.
Maryam Koushkie Jahromi; Abbasali Gaeini; Zahra Rahimi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gynecological endocrinology : the official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1473-0766     ISO Abbreviation:  Gynecol. Endocrinol.     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-25     Completed Date:  2009-02-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8807913     Medline TA:  Gynecol Endocrinol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  659-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, College of Education and Psychology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise / physiology*,  psychology
Menstrual Cycle / physiology*,  psychology
Menstruation Disturbances / therapy*
Physical Fitness
Young Adult

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