In this special episode we chat with Dr. Emily Kraus about hormonal contraception and bone health. Last week, Emily shared an infographic about these issues targeting female athletes that went viral on runner Twitter and sparked lots of discussion and questions, so we talk about everything from periods to stress fractures and IUDs.
Some highlights from our conversation:
How hormones are connected to bone health
Why it’s possible to have a “normal” menstrual cycle but still have hormonal imbalances and poor bone health
What male athletes should look out for when it comes to energy availability and hormonal health
What runners who have lost their periods can do
The science connecting oral contraceptives and stress fractures
What signs we should be looking for to determine hormonal and bone health
Follow Dr. Emily Kraus on Twitter and Instagram @emilykrausmd, and follow her training on Strava.
Her clinic for young runners at Stanford Children’s Health can be found at: https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/service/sports-medicine/conditions/running
Recommended reading and resources:
Roar by Stacy Sims
The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Exercise Performance in Eumenorrheic Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
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