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Menstrual irregularity in athletes: basic principles, evaluation, and treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7105373     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent advances in reproductive physiology have led to an understanding that the ovarian follicle controls the entire menstrual cycle. The most mature follicle, which is the best estrogen-producer, is most sensitive to gonadotropin stimulation and is destined to ovulate next. During the course of a training program, an athlete may be subjected to many factors including loss of weight and fat, low weight and fat, acute and chronic hormonal changes, and physical and emotional stresses. Each of these, alone or in combination, may be associated with menstrual irregularity or amenorrhea. Although menstrual irregularity and amenorrhea are common among athletes, these problems should always be evaluated thoroughly. It is dangerous to assume that such problems are either exercise-related or not serious. Athletes are not immune from developing significant pathology, which can be detected only if sought. Therapy is indicated for some women who have such menstrual dysfunction.
M M Shangold
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of applied sport sciences. Journal canadien des sciences appliquées au sport     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0700-3978     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Appl Sport Sci     Publication Date:  1982 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-10-29     Completed Date:  1982-10-29     Revised Date:  2008-02-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801184     Medline TA:  Can J Appl Sport Sci     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anovulation / etiology
Estrogens / physiology
Gonadotropins, Pituitary / physiology
Menstruation Disturbances / diagnosis,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Physical Education and Training*
Sports Medicine*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Estrogens; 0/Gonadotropins, Pituitary

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