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What is the effect of exercise on menstruation?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Regular exercise is important to maintaining a healthy body and may help to reduce symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. Participating in intense exercise training before menarche (the first menstrual period in a woman's life), or maintaining an exercise schedule that severely reduces body weight, however, may negatively affect the menstrual cycle. If you are an athlete and you experience amenorrhea, the cessation of your monthly period, review your exercise regimen and speak with your doctor about how to increase your body weight.

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