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supports the womb, could result in complications during pregnancy," said gynaecologist Anita Kaul of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here.

She said that since boxing is a muscle-based sport, the use of performance enhancing drugs might further complicate pregnancy among women boxers.

"In this sport the intake of drugs like steroids is very high. This creates an imbalance in women's hormone system and also increases testosterone, a male hormone, in the female body," she said.

"The imbalance in the hormone system makes periods irregular and due to that they have less chances of getting pregnant. Even if they conceive and if there is a female foetus the high level of testosterone in the mother's body will lead to masculine features in the child."

Kaul also said that the chances of osteoporosis among the female boxers was high due to the imbalance in the hormone system. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly till a bone breaks. Women have four times more chances of developing this disease than men.

But Aruna, who got married this June, is also not thinking about children right now.

"I am happy with what I am doing. If I have a child now I won't be able to concentrate properly on my career," said the woman from Jamshedpur who is also competing in the World Championship.

"Even if I want to make a comeback after having a child I don't know whether I would be successful in it," she averred.

Another Indian boxer, 24-year-old Laishram Sarita Devi, is not thinking about marriage.

"Never in my wild dreams do I even think of marriage. I only dream of knocking down my opponents in the ring," was the candid confession of the boxer who is competing in the 52 kg.

Not just the Indians, but New Zealanders Dawn Chalmers and Kelly Wadriah seem to be so e
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