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Concussion can spur short-term change in women's periods

Concussion can spur short-term change in women's periods

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MONDAY, July 3, 2017 -- After a concussion, a young woman might notice that her next few menstrual periods are a bit off-schedule, a new study finds."The findings suggest that adolescent and young women have significantly increased odds of multiple, abnormal menstrual patterns following concussion, compared to those with an orthopedic injury," said lead researcher Anthony Kontos. He's director of research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program."The odds of having two or more abnormal menstrual patterns were significantly higher -- six times higher for concussed patients, compared with those with orthopedic injuries," he said.The study included 128 young women, aged 12-21. Sixty-eight had sports-related concussions and 60 had an orthopedic injury, ...