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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2005 Mar-Apr;34(2):255-63.

Reproductive health in women with eating disorders.

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William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3812, USA. barbara.wolfe@bc.edu

Abstract

Medical complications are often the precipitants that lead women with eating disorders to seek health care. Complications can be wide ranging but frequently include symptoms associated with reproductive health. Unfortunately, because of the denial, embarrassment, shame, and secrecy associated with these psychiatric illnesses, the underlying cause of these complications can often go unacknowledged, delaying assessment and intervention. This article provides an overview of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, identifies the reproductive health issues that may occur in women with these disorders, and discusses the associated clinical implications for nursing practice.

PMID:
15781604
DOI:
10.1177/0884217505274595
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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