International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 55–60 | Cite as

Changes in Total Body Water and Body Fat in Young Women in the Course of Menstrual Cycle

  • Tatjana Tomazo-Ravnik
  • Vida Jakopič


This paper reports on the changes in total body water and body fat in young women in during the course of the menstrual cycle. We followed 40 young women with an average age of 21.52 years, and took bioelectrical impedance measurements during two menstrual cycles. The measurements were taken in three phases of the menstrual cycle. We found that body mass and total body water fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. Both parameters are highest in the luteal phase and lowest in the late folicular phase; 65% of the young women demonstrated these changes. The presence or absence of premenstrual symptoms had no influence on these values.


Body mass changes Early adult period Fluid retention Follicular phase Luteal phase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Biotechnical FacultyUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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