Sport and Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle is a natural physiological process that involves hormonal and physical changes in a woman's body. These changes can affect sports performance in different ways. During the luteal phase (the second half of the menstrual cycle), progesterone levels increase, which can cause fluid retention, bloating, and mood swings. These symptoms can affect endurance, strength, and coordination. 

Additionally, hormonal changes during menstruation can cause changes in body temperature and metabolism, which can affect the body's ability to regulate temperature and use energy. These changes may be more pronounced in elite athletes who train intensely. However, it is important to note that every woman experiences menstruation differently, and the effects on athletic performance may vary. 

La Dr. Gretel Palacios, specialist in Gynecology, talks to us about these symptoms and conditions, typical of menstruation, and helps us better understand how to connect sport and female health. Exclusively with Lorena Martínez for SaludPanama.com. 

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