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The Menstrual Cycle and Adolescent Health

Edited by Edited by Catherine M. Gordon (Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts), Corrine Welt (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts) and Robert W. Rebar (American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama)
The Menstrual Cycle and Adolescent Health

Published: June 2008

Volume 1135

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Health issues linked to the menstrual cycle include the status of bone health, heart disease, and ovarian failure, as well as long-term fertility. A change in the menstrual cycle could be the first sign of a problem in general health. Specific topics covered in this volume include the normal processes of the adolescent menstrual cycle, including menarche, the psychology of puberty, and cultural perceptions and practices surrounding menarche; disease processes and the adolescent menstrual cycle; bridging normal and abnormal processes, including amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, adolescent antecedents to adult reproductive disorders, bone health, and HRT in the adolescent; modern dilemmas and the adolescent menstrual cycle, including developmental delay, obesity, exercise-induced amenorrhea, eating disorders, stress-induced amenorrhea, and amenorrhea induced by medications; and a synthesis of the volume in the context of the transition to adulthood.