Lyle McDonald

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August 28, 2019

The Women’s Book on Hormonal Birth Control & Athletic Performance

Women's Book on Hormonal Birth Control Cover

Since writing The Women’s Book Volume 1 possibly the most common question I get is about whether or not hormonal birth control (i.e. the pill, patch, ring,  Depo-provera shot, etc.) will impact on training.  Sadly, this is a topic for which there is little to no information (and some bad information) around.

While this is a topic I intend to cover in The Women’s Book Volume 2, with no current release date on that book, I didn’t want to wait that long to get it out so I decided to throw together a short booklet on the topic.

In it, I take a fairly comprehensive look at the topic of hormonal birth control for female athletes/active women.  This includes an examination of the menstrual cycle, the effects of the reproductive hormones, an overview of birth control and the general effects it has on women.

From there I looked at the known and established effects of hormonal birth control on various topics related to female athletic performance such as body composition, injury risk and others.  In specific chapters, I looked at the research on the effects of birth control on aerobic and anaerobic exercise along with strength training and muscular gain.  In all cases I examined both the acute effects of birth control along with any effects it might have on longer term training adaptations.

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