BC Pills and Bone Health for Teens and others!

Birth control hormones are the types of hormones that do affect bone calcium and bone turn over. The amount of calcium and the rate bone turns over affects one's bone health. In order to know accurately what your bone health is, you need a reading of your bones by a machine (shown here) called a bone densitometer. It's not usually done on young individuals, but could be, relatively affordable if you have any question regarding your bone health. A recent small, but well done study of teens on a very low dose birth control pill appears to show that those taking pills with very low dosages loose bone. Charles University of Prague Bone study presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research . Not all studies show this, for instance there is a report in Contraception (Oct 2011) that shows that in young women pills with at least 30 mcg have a positive effect on bone health, and that in comparison studies pills with only 20 mcg was insufficient in those who had not completed their skeletal maturation. Neither the ring or the patch has much data for your gyno to rely on when it comes to their effects on the bone. Moms and their Gynos need to remind teens that there are many ways that teens can improve their bone health through diet and exercise and that if they are on a birth control pill that has very low estrogen, or have reasons to suspect poor estrogen in their diet, there are ways that machines can test the health of their bones. If there is a question of bone health, for instance if you have sustained a fracture or have been on hormones for a long time there is a way to minimize x-ray exposure and measure wrist bone density cost effectively.

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