Skip to comments.Risks: Loss of Bone Mass Linked to Contraceptive
Posted on 01/12/2010 7:59:42 PM PST by neverdem
Almost half of all women who use a popular injected contraceptive lose a significant amount of bone mass within two years, and researchers now say the greatest risk is to smokers, women who dont consume enough calcium and those who have never gone through a pregnancy.
A study that followed women who used the birth-control method a shot of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, better known as DMPA or Depo-Provera, every three months found that 45 percent of the users experienced bone mineral density losses of 5 percent or more in the hip or lower spine, researchers said. The study appears in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
More than two million American women use DMPA, including about 400,000 teenagers...
The flip side is that if I have a patient who smokes, Im going to be more concerned about giving her Depo-Provera.
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I wonder how long it will take for the trial lawyers to start running ads?
John Edwards has gotta eat.
I am grateful I never took that garbage.
Non-barrier birth control always seems to turn out to be bad news. The Pill, IUDs. . .I had a friend who lost her uterus to an IUD.
This is a pretty old drug. They’re just now getting clued in to the bad news?
Who told them to look? It probably never dawned on them. Decreased bone mineral density is listed as an adverse reaction. They're only screwing around with mother nature. /s
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Never took contraception drugs either.. I did take fertility drugs 15 years ago (very early miscarriages).. I sure regret that.. I feel like a ticking time bomb for cancer.. I seldom think about it, though. Such is Life!