The Price Of Triathlons On Women: Your Pelvic Floor
Triathlons are no doubt good for lots of things, like merchants of expensive swimwear, bicycles, footwear, and energy drinks, but how good are they really for your body? A new study from researchers at the Loyola University Health System suggests that, for women at least, they may be not so good. A Loyola news release reports that a survey of 311 female triathletes with a median age range of 35-44 revealed that training for triathlons can put women at risk for pelvic-floor disorders, decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density. Yikes! The study found that 1 in 3 female triathletes suffered from a pelvic-floor disorder such as urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence and pelvic-organ prolapse, and 1 in 4 had one component of the female athlete triad, a condition characterized by decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density from excessive exercise and inadequate nutrition. Want the drill down? Of those who reported pelvic-floor-disorder symptoms, 16 percent had urgency urinary incontinence, 37.4 percent had stress urinary incontinence, 28 percent had bowel incontinence and 5 percent had pelvic-organ prolapse. Wait there’s more: 22 percent of those surveyed screened positive for problematic eating habits, 24 percent had menstrual irregularities and 29 percent demonstrated abnormal bone strength.