4 Questions Your Mother and Coach Never Answered

Do Oral Contraceptives Affect My Workouts? There’s no evidence that OCs enhance or hurt running performance. If a woman has very heavy or irregular periods, OCs may benefit her to regulate the cycle. For women who have irregular or absent menstrual cycles (whether from menstrual dysfunction or menopause) and therefore compromised skeletal health, OCs supply …

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Q-Angle

Ever notice that good female runners have very narrow hips? Women’s wider hips compared to men create a more pronounced angle between the pelvis and the knee (called the quadriceps-angle or Q-angle), as the femur occurs at a more oblique angle compared to the femur of a man. A large Q-angle causes the patella to …

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TOP 4 FACTORS FOR FEMALE RUNNER HEALTH

1) Menstrual cycle You should have a regularly occurring period every 28-35 days. If your period is irregular, it should be regularly irregular. Less than 3 periods per year signifies amenorrhea. 2) Estrogen Estrogen is very important for a runner’s health and performance. The amount of estrogen in your blood changes throughout the menstrual cycle …

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Body Temperature

If you’re feeling extra hot on your runs, it may not just be the outside temperature. It could be your menstrual cycle speaking to you. Body temperature changes rhythmically throughout the menstrual cycle, peaking during the luteal phase in response to the surge in progesterone. Progesterone acts on your brain’s hypothalamus, which increases your set-point …

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