A question regarding women over training to the point of amenorrhea
It's a known fact that women in their 20s who over-train to the point where their periods stop risk osteoporosis later in life. This is because they're still building bone mass. But suppose a woman is past 40 and already has all the bone mass she will ever have. Is it OK for her to over-train then?
I'm asking because I'm 52 and have been peri-menopausal for nearly 8 years. I'd like to make my periods stop without resorting to hormones or hysterectomy, and wonder if this is a healthy option - especially since weight-bearing exercise is supposed to boost bone mass and prevent osteoporosis.
Hi. I just had a client ask me a similar question the other day, but she was only 30 and wants to have more children in the future. As for someone who is 52, I wouldn't suggest using over-training as a means to stop your menstrual cycle completely. If you've been in peri-menopause for 8 years already, your cycle will most likely cease at any day. The typical age for the menstrual cycle to stop is around 52, so you are right there.
Over-training is not good on anyone, and it may cause you other hormonal imbalances (i.e., thyroid and adrenal). You don't want to start messing around with those as well. Besides, your body's cells and muscles may go into catabolism, and you may experience extreme fatigue.
I would say, "Just be patient. You're time is coming." LOL.
Good point about other hormones being out of whack - thanks for your answer. Also, it occurred to me I may get repetitive injuries if I over-train. Thanks!
So true... something I definitely forgot to mention! Stay healthy, Say Yes To Life.
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