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    U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 15: Menstrual Function and Fertility


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    Monday, December 13, 2004 5:02 am Email this article
    Obesity is associated with menstrual irregularity, amenorrhea (lack of a menstruation), and infertility according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines (p. 19). Belly fat associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

    Abdominal obesity is associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)—a combination of infertility, menstrual disturbances, hirsutism (excessive hairiness), abdominal hyperandrogenism (elevated testosterone), and anovulation (the absence of ovulation), and is strongly associated with hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. (p. 19)

    REFERENCE

    Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults : the evidence report / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Bethesda, Md.] : National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, [1998]. NIH publication No. 98-4083.

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