Collegiate women athletes with irregular menses during adolescence have decreased bone density

Thomas Lloyd, Cathleen Myers, James R. Buchanan, Laurence Demers

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Abstract

We studied six eumenorrheic and 13 oligomenorrheic collegiate women athletes who were matched in all respects other than menstrual histories. There was a significant (P <.05) association between menstrual regularity and bone density. The severely oligomenorrheic subjects had modestly decreased plasma estrogen levels. These findings support the notion that plasma estrogen levels during adolescence play a significant role in the development of peak adult bone density in women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-642
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume72
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1988

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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