Primary dysmenorrhea and physical activity

GOLOMB, LISA M.; SOLIDUM, ARNELI A.; WARREN, MICHELLE P.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:
Epidemiology
Abstract

Primary dysmenorrhea and physical activity. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 906-909, 1998. It has been widely claimed that exercise is beneficial to dysmenorrhea, yet solid evidence is lacking. Studies investigating this relationship have been reviewed for this paper. Most showed decreased prevalence and/or improved symptomatology with exercise. However, controlled longitudinal studies involving women with confirmed primary dysmenorrhea who are sufficiently blinded to the study objectives are necessary before a definite relationship between exercise and dysmenorrhea can be established.

Author Information

Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center; and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Submitted for publication November 1995.

Accepted for publication January 1997.

Address for correspondence: Michelle P. Warren, M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Dept. of OB/GYN, 630 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032.

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