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Table 1 Interview guide

From: Absence of menstruation in female athletes: why they do not seek help

Structure of focus group
1. Introduction
Introduction of facilitator and researchers and their occupation and background, personal interest in sports and explain study goal and basic rules
Invitation to the participants to introduce themselves
What is your main reason for participating in this focus group?
2. Make an inventory of reasons why women do not seek help if they do not menstruate
Why do women not seek help when they do not menstruate?
Are there any reasons missing from this list [show list of reasons stated by the participants]?
What are the five most important reasons according to you?
3. Make an inventory of factors to improve the care about menstrual problems of athletes
How do you think the care around menstrual problems of athletes could be optimized?
Are there any reasons missing from this list [show list of reasons stated by the participants]?
What are the five most important reasons according to you?
4. Closing and word of thanks
Additional questions to support the discussion
 Why is this an important feature?
 What is the effect of this feature?
 Do other participants recognize this point?