Effects of oral contraceptives on body composition and physical performance in female athletes.

@article{Rickenlund2004EffectsOO,
  title={Effects of oral contraceptives on body composition and physical performance in female athletes.},
  author={Anette Rickenlund and Kjell A M Carlstr{\"o}m and Bj{\"o}rn Arpi Ekblom and Torkel B. Brismar and B O VON Schoultz and Angelica Lind{\'e}n Hirschberg},
  journal={The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism},
  year={2004},
  volume={89 9},
  pages={4364-70}
}
Menstrual disturbances are common among female athletes, and oral contraceptives (OCs) are often recommended as estrogen substitution. However, there is little information about the effects of OC use in athletes, and there is great concern that OCs might impair physical performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of OC use on body composition and physical performance in female athletes. Twenty-six endurance athletes (13 with oligo-/amenorrhea and 13 regularly menstruating… CONTINUE READING