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Old 03-03-2009, 08:33 AM   #1
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Running a marathon stop menstruation?


My girlfriend of 8 years ran a marathon while she was on her period last month and now she says shes 5 or 6 days late. she has not been as active this month after her marathon but could running a long distance like that cause a late period? we always ware a condom and never had a issue. i know heavy excersize can cause it but could something almost a month ago keep it from coming on time?

Update- she is now 2 weeks late but we took a pregnancy test last night and it was negative??? should we still be concerned?

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Old 03-03-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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Re: Running a marathon stop menstruation?

Strenuous exercise can stop or alter menstruation, as can stress and illness.

She should see her gynecologist, she may require medication to "restart" her cycle. (most pregnancy tests are fairly accurate nowadays but a blood test may put your nerves at ease)

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Old 03-03-2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: Running a marathon stop menstruation?

this is what we r thinking... we r just scared. she is going to the drs on thursday. im sure thats it because we have never had a problem before and the condom never broke... and now being 2 weeks late... im sure a pregnancy test would have picked it up by now... i would think.

also being two weeks late she has not had any symptoms... like spotting or morning sickness... she says nothing feels weird or out of the ordinary.

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Re: Running a marathon stop menstruation?

I did a triathlon back in August, and trained very hard for it. I missed my period for 3 months straight after my race. So yeah, it can happen. However, I'm also 43, so it could just be perimenopause, too. How old is your GF? If she's young, then it's most likely the stress from training/racing that is responsible for the delay in her period.

Old 03-03-2009, 05:50 PM   #5
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Re: Running a marathon stop menstruation?

my gf is 22yo

Old 03-05-2009, 08:44 PM   #6
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Re: Running a marathon stop menstruation?

hoy i do think endurance exercise, esp if she's doing it alot, can affect her body fat levels as well as estrogen levels. so if her bodyfat is below a certain point, the body would automatically shut down the mnestrual cycle because obv.
is she eating properly? has she lost too much weight or anything?
sometimes its not really just about weight, because she could still be at a healthy weight but hav too little body fat.

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