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Facts About Athletic Amenorrhea

Fitness Fanatics + Missed Cycles = Trouble

I don't know anyone who's thrilled to have her monthly visitor. The bloating, mood swings, and insane sugar cravings are far from a good time. Whether you like it or not though, getting your period is actually a good indication that your body is functioning as it should be. If your period stops, (and you're not preggers), it can be a big red flag that something is wrong. This condition is known as amenorrhea and it can be caused by depression, chronic illness, certain medications (like chemotherapy), or eating disorders. Fitness fanatics who exercise excessively may also notice Aunt Flo's disappearance. To learn more about this condition, known as athletic amenorrhea, take this little quiz.


Fitness Fanatics + Missed Cycles = Trouble

Which of the following factors does NOT contribute to athletic amenorrhea?

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alxxxmx alxxxmx 8 years
not bad 4/5 from someone who's hasn't had her period since 2005 and doesn't work out let along work out vigorously and is not underweight or pregnant.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
1 out of 4 women athletes
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
I only got the last one right.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
TammyO TammyO 8 years
100 percent! And I was doing some wild guesses here.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
3/5. I've had the non-athletic version of this, but the abdominal rash thing threw me for a loop!
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I had this happen to me when i went through a bad depression and again when I had so much stress. Its scary not having a cycle like you said its a reminder that everything is still okay and working. :\
mehollowell mehollowell 8 years
Not so good at this one 3/5
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
I sucked at this.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
2/5 not good. I'm really surprised by the 25% of athletic women experiencing amenorreah.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
This topic makes me wanna say eeewwww
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I got this for a while when I was running a lot and probably not eating enough. I went almost a year without a period and I figured it was because of my birth control pills, so I talked to my doctor about it. She told me that my body fat was very low and that was what was probably contributing to my lost periods. I gained some weight and cut back on the exercise a bit and my periods came back...they're really light sometimes, but they're there.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I have that problem a few months ago when I trained for the marathon. Exercise too much + not eating enough = weight loss + missing period. Right now, I keep a food journal so that I eat sufficient amount of food and I have an easy day once every week. Everything is back to normal now. :)
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
4/5 Go me.
wanderlusting wanderlusting 8 years
Well THAT was weird. I just went to the bathroom and lol and behold, guess who shows up? My period!! weird weird weird!!!
wanderlusting wanderlusting 8 years
I haven't had my period for a year. I've had tests done and am eating right, have barely lost any weight and yet it hasn't come. I was told however that my pills are super strong and probably have a lot to do with it. I was told it was "fine" to not get my period. Well, I didn't think it was fine and I think it's been interfering with a lot in my life so I went off the BC pill a month ago. I feel great, less bloated and irritable, even though my period has not returned yet. I heard it can take up for 6 months for my cycle to find itself again!
nikolem2 nikolem2 8 years
I experienced this when I was working out way too much and eating way too little around age 18. I went over 9 months without a period. Went to the doctor and they didn't say anything or act like it was a problem, even though I told them I was concerned. (DUMB!) It wasn't until later in life that I realized the reason for my missed periods was due to my lifestyle.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
Wow, I was bad at this. 2/5
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
haha I only knew the osteoperosis one :)
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