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Endometriosis and physical exercises: a systematic review.

Abstract

Regular physical exercise seems to have protective effects against diseases that involve inflammatory processes since it induces an increase in the systemic levels of cytokines with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and also acts by reducing estrogen levels. Evidence has suggested that the symptoms associated with endometriosis result from a local inflammatory peritoneal reaction caused by ectopic endometrial implants. Thus, the objective of the present review was to assess the relationship between physical exercise and the prevalence and/or improvement of the symptoms associated with endometriosis. To this end, data available in PubMed (1985-2012) were surveyed using the terms "endometriosis and physical exercises", "endometriosis and life style and physical exercises" in the English language literature. Only 6 of the 935 articles detected were included in the study. These studies tried establish a possible relationship between the practice of physical exercise and the prevalence of endometriosis. The data available are inconclusive regarding the benefits of physical exercise as a risk factor for the disease and no data exist about the potential impact of exercise on the course of the endometriosis. In addition, randomized studies are necessary.

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    Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto 14049-900, Brazil. caca_bonocher@hotmail.com.

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    MeSH

    Case-Control Studies
    Endometriosis
    Exercise
    Female
    Humans
    Risk Reduction Behavior

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review
    Systematic Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    24393293

    Citation

    Bonocher, Camila M., et al. "Endometriosis and Physical Exercises: a Systematic Review." Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology : RB&E, vol. 12, 2014, p. 4.
    Bonocher CM, Montenegro ML, Rosa E Silva JC, et al. Endometriosis and physical exercises: a systematic review. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2014;12:4.
    Bonocher, C. M., Montenegro, M. L., Rosa E Silva, J. C., Ferriani, R. A., & Meola, J. (2014). Endometriosis and physical exercises: a systematic review. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology : RB&E, 12, p. 4. doi:10.1186/1477-7827-12-4.
    Bonocher CM, et al. Endometriosis and Physical Exercises: a Systematic Review. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2014 Jan 6;12:4. PubMed PMID: 24393293.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Endometriosis and physical exercises: a systematic review. AU - Bonocher,Camila M, AU - Montenegro,Mary L, AU - Rosa E Silva,Julio C, AU - Ferriani,Rui A, AU - Meola,Juliana, Y1 - 2014/01/06/ PY - 2013/08/17/received PY - 2013/12/26/accepted PY - 2014/1/8/entrez PY - 2014/1/8/pubmed PY - 2014/8/27/medline SP - 4 EP - 4 JF - Reproductive biology and endocrinology : RB&E JO - Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. VL - 12 N2 - Regular physical exercise seems to have protective effects against diseases that involve inflammatory processes since it induces an increase in the systemic levels of cytokines with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and also acts by reducing estrogen levels. Evidence has suggested that the symptoms associated with endometriosis result from a local inflammatory peritoneal reaction caused by ectopic endometrial implants. Thus, the objective of the present review was to assess the relationship between physical exercise and the prevalence and/or improvement of the symptoms associated with endometriosis. To this end, data available in PubMed (1985-2012) were surveyed using the terms "endometriosis and physical exercises", "endometriosis and life style and physical exercises" in the English language literature. Only 6 of the 935 articles detected were included in the study. These studies tried establish a possible relationship between the practice of physical exercise and the prevalence of endometriosis. The data available are inconclusive regarding the benefits of physical exercise as a risk factor for the disease and no data exist about the potential impact of exercise on the course of the endometriosis. In addition, randomized studies are necessary. SN - 1477-7827 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24393293/full_citation L2 - https://rbej.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1477-7827-12-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -