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- THE CAUSES OF DELAYED MENARCHE IN FEMALE ATHLETES -
Greater emphases on the benefits of exercise have led to a greater participation of women in sport at all levels. Exercise has been promoted, endorsed and encouraged in the medical community as a way to reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. While moderate exercise does provide valuable benefits, intensive exercise associated with elite female athletes poses serious health risks to the female body.
The female reproductive system is very intricate and highly sensitive to physiological stress. This increased stress level is often associated with several reproductive abnormalities such as delayed menarche, primary and secondary amenorrhea and oligomenorrhea occurring in 6–79% of women engaged in athletic activity (Warren and Perlroth 2001). This wide range of percentages is a result of various levels of athletic discipline and level of competition (Abraham et al. 1982, Glass et al. 1987).
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