Female Athletes, Hormonal Contraception, and Bone Health
Dr. Emily Kraus is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center. She specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) sports medicine and takes a unique approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports injuries in athletes of all ages. She is involved in multiple Stanford IRB-approved research projects, including The Healthy Runner Project, a multicenter prospective interventional study focused on bone stress injury prevention in collegiate middle and long-distance runners.
In this pdf, Dr. Kraus answers some of the common questions female athletes ask about hormonal contraception and bone health. Female athletes can be placed on hormonal contraception (pill, IUD, implant, etc.) for other reasons than birth control, but it's not always the best answer.