Journal Article

Menstrual cycle and appetite control: implications for weight regulation.

L Dye and J E Blundell

in Human Reproduction

Published on behalf of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology

Volume 12, issue 6, pages 1142-1151
Published in print June 1997 | ISSN: 0268-1161
Published online June 1997 | e-ISSN: 1460-2350 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/humrep/12.6.1142
Menstrual cycle and appetite control: implications for weight regulation.

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Hormonal fluctuations associated with the menstrual cycle influence appetite control and eating behaviour. Energy intake varies during the reproductive cycle in humans and animals, with a periovulatory nadir and a luteal phase peak. Patterns of macronutrient selection show less consistency but a number of studies report carbohydrate cravings in the premenstrual phase, particularly in women with premenstrual syndrome. The cyclical nature of food cravings are frequently, but not invariably, associated with depression. Fluctuations in appetite, cravings and energy intake during the menstrual cycle may occur in parallel with cyclical rhythms in serotonin, which can be accompanied by affective symptoms. The premenstrual phase can be considered as a time when women are especially vulnerable to overconsumption, food craving and depression; this is often associated with low serotonin activity.

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Subjects: Reproductive Medicine

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