Identification and management of eating disorders in gynecology: menstrual health as an underutilized screening tool

Christina L. Boisseau*

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Abstract

Eating disorders are life-threatening conditions that disproportionately affect females, often during child-bearing years. Although the endocrinological and reproductive sequelae of these conditions often fall within the treatment purview of obstetrician-gynecologists, the assessment of eating pathology is challenging and often not part of routine clinical care. This commentary focuses on one of the common presenting symptoms of eating disorders in women, menstrual dysfunction, and discusses considerations for its clinical management in gynecology. Assessment of menstrual status provides a natural starting point for provider-patient discussion of disordered eating and weight behavior. Routine screening for eating disorders is critical and must be universal given the serious long-term consequences of these disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-578
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume215
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • amenorrhea
  • anorexia
  • binge eating
  • bulimia
  • menstrual dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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