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Short Review: Exercise and the Premenstrual Syndrome

Lambert Geralyn M.
The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: February 1988
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ABSTRACTThis review attempts to understand the etiology of the premenstrual syndrome through examination of the status of estrogen, progestrone, and B-endorphins during the menstrual cycle. The effects of exercise on these neuro-endocrine variables are considered for their potential symptom-relieving actions. The evidence suggests that exercise can alleviate PMS by counteracting estrogen and endorphin withdrawal, and/or by depressing progesterone levels during the menstrual cycle luteal phase. This implies that athletic women may suffer fewer or less frequent premenstrual complaints.

This review attempts to understand the etiology of the premenstrual syndrome through examination of the status of estrogen, progestrone, and B-endorphins during the menstrual cycle. The effects of exercise on these neuro-endocrine variables are considered for their potential symptom-relieving actions. The evidence suggests that exercise can alleviate PMS by counteracting estrogen and endorphin withdrawal, and/or by depressing progesterone levels during the menstrual cycle luteal phase. This implies that athletic women may suffer fewer or less frequent premenstrual complaints.

© 1988 National Strength and Conditioning Association