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How does running affect contraception and infertility?

Running - contraception and infertility

Running – contraception and infertility

The absence of periods in runners of course often causes infertility, and is a major concern for even the recreational runner. However, there are also many cases of runners and non-runners with amenorrea who have fallen pregnant, so that running is not a recommended form of contraception. [Read more…]

Are runners at an elevated risk for osteoporosis?

Runners and the risk of Osteoporosis

Runners and the risk of Osteoporosis

It is generally accepted that exercise promotes bone health. However, research which has been undertaken on the relationship between intensive exercise, bone health, and estrogen (estrogen is a hormone responsible for growth and development of reproductive organs and maintenance of bone health), and irregular menstruation cycles show detrimental results on bone health in female athletes. [Read more…]