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A Crucial Period
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Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
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Think Inches, Not Pounds
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That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
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Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
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Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
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It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
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Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
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Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
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Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
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Torn Rotator Cuff
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A Crucial Period


In an evaluation, your physician will order blood tests to exclude abnormalities of the thyroid and pituitary gland as well as ovarian problems that may also cause amenorrhea.

Although amenorrheic women do not menstruate, EAA is an extremely unreliable form of birth control. You cannot accurately predict when the next egg will be released into the fallopian tubes and thus you can get pregnant without having a period. Any sexually active woman who develops amenorrhea should be screened for pregnancy and should continue to faithfully use a conventional method of birth control.


What can amenorrheic women do to minimize the potentially harmful consequences of this condition? The first step is to assure adequate intake of calcium, which helps preserve bone mass.

Women with EAA have higher calcium needs - 1,500 milligrams versus 1,000 mg daily for women with normal menstruation. Increasing calcium alone will not preserve bone mass but will meet the higher needs of amenorrheic women.

When amenorrhea occurs, seek medical care within the first three months. Amenorrhea is abnormal and dangerous - current recommendations are for athletes to try to resume menstruation by decreasing training by 5 to 15 per-cent and increasing calorie intake by 5 to 20 percent in order to gain 2 to 10 pounds. It's important to consider whether emotional stress may also be playing a role in amenorrhea.

Every woman has her own threshold above which menstruation may resume. If menses do not resume in six to 12 months, hormone replacement should be considered in consultation with your physician. Several different forms of hormone replacement, including oral contraceptives, can be safely given to active women without causing Weight gain, acne or declines in performance.

If you have amenorrhea, don't ignore it. Seek medical care early correct any dietary deficiencies and work closely with your doctor for evaluation and treatment of this potentially serious condition.

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About the authors: Carol L. Otis, M.D., is Chief Medical Advisor to the Sanex WTA and a UCLA student health physician. Roger Goldingay is a former professional soccer player. They are married and the co-authors of The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide.

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