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What are the symptoms of the female athlete triad?

The female athlete triad is a syndrome of related conditions including eating disorder, amenorrhea (lack of a menstrual period) and osteoporosis (loss of bone mineral density). This triad is most commonly seen in young female athletes, as the name would suggest. Some symptoms might include concern about her weight or body image, having a restrictive (low-calorie) diet, change in menstrual periods, being underweight and injuries such as bone fractures.

Beginning signs of female athlete triad can present in many forms. The most common signs of female athlete triad are:

  • Irregular or absent menstrual cycles
  • Fatigue and malaise
  • Insomnia
  • Stress fractures
  • Frequent or recurrent musculoskeletal injuries
  • Reduced food intake or strict dieting.

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