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Menopause - Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) has been approved by the FDA for the prevention and, for some products, management of osteoporosis. Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal and not on ERT should discuss prevention and treatment options with their physician. Discuss possible side effects of ERT with your health care provider or pharmacist.

Natural Menopause or Ovaries Removed Before Age 45 - Both of these situations put women at lower estrogen levels for an increased number of years, increasing their risk of osteoporosis.

Missed Menstrual Cycle - Low estrogen levels can change the pattern of menstrual periods. These low levels may be due to eating disorders, excessive exercise or other hormonal problems. Estrogen loss during adolescence can have a significant effect on bone health. Failure to achieve maximum bone strength before age 30 can increase the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

Prescription drugs that can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Thyroid, cortisone-like drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs can increase your risk of bone loss.

Missed Menstrual Cycle - Low estrogen levels can change the pattern of menstrual periods. These low levels may be due to eating disorders, excessive exercise or other hormonal problems. Estrogen loss during adolescence can have a significant effect on bone health. Failure to achieve maximum bone strength before age 30 can increase the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

Prescription drugs that can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Thyroid, cortisone-like drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs can increase your risk of bone loss

 
 
 
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