CAROLINE BEDELL THOMAS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Generalized edema has been observed to occur in association with the onset of menstruation in a significant proportion of normal women.1-4 Although this is, perhaps, the only type of generalized edema which is physiologic in origin, little is known about the reasons for its occurrence.5, 6 Sweeney found that while 30 per cent of 42 healthy nurses gained three or more pounds of body weight in the premenstrual or menstrual phase of the cycle, others showed no change in weight and a few lost a pound or two.2 Some who gained weight observed "tight, stuffy" feelings of body, hands and
THOMAS CB. SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WEIGHT CHANGES FOLLOWING SODIUM RESTRICTION AND THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE IN NORMAL YOUNG WOMEN1. Ann Intern Med. ;39:289–306. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-2-289
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;39(2):289-306.
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