Dr. Weber shares if there are health risks for female athletes who do not have consistent menstrual cycles.
Yes, the menstrual cycle is, you know, an important, normal physiological aspect of our female bodies, and it is important and most importantly for bone health, is the estrogen component is necessary to maintain good, strong quality bone. So, when you are having irregular periods, or diminished periods, or absent periods, basically you are at a low level estrogen, and that actually has a negative effect on our bone density.
About Dr. Weber, M.D.:
Dr. Kathy Weber, the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, possesses a unique expertise with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Weber received her M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1996 and subsequently completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. After completing her residency, Dr. Weber was asked to remain at Rush for an additional year to assume the prestigious position of Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego.
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