athletic amenorrhea

ath·let·ic a·men·or·rhe·a

(ath-let'ik ā-men'ŏr-ē'ă)
Irregularities in the menstrual cycle presenting as either oligomenorrhea (35-90 days between menses) or secondary amenorrhea (cessation of menstrual cycles for at least 3 months) caused by intense athletic training or disordered eating behavior.
See also: female athletic triad
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Studies of female athletes have shown that intense regular exercise that leads to low body fat can affect hormone levels and result in athletic amenorrhea which, in effect, turns off the menstrual cycle.
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Athletic amenorrhea is commonly related to nutritional problems such as eating disorders, inadequate calories and too little protein.
A work-up for athletic amenorrhea should include a pregnancy test and measurement of TSH, LH, FSH, and prolactin.
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