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Oral contraceptive use and bone density in adolescent and young adult women.
- Author(s): Scholes, Delia
- Ichikawa, Laura
- LaCroix, Andrea Z
- Spangler, Leslie
- Beasley, Jeannette M
- Reed, Susan
- Ott, Susan M
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://10.0.3.248/j.contraception.2009.07.001
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BackgroundMost of the millions of oral contraceptive (OC) users are under 30 years of age and in the critical period for bone mass accrual.
Study designThis cross-sectional study of 606 women aged 14-30 years examined both OC duration and estrogen dose and their association with bone mineral density (BMD) at the hip, spine, and whole body (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry).
ResultsOf 389 OC users and 217 nonusers enrolled, 50% were adolescents (14-18 years). Of OC users, 38% used "low-dose" OCs [<30 mcg ethinyl estradiol (EE)]. In adolescents, mean BMD differed by neither OC duration nor EE dose. However, 19- to 30-year-old women's mean BMD was lower with longer OC use for spine and whole body (p=.004 and p=.02, respectively) and lowest for >12 months of low-dose OCs for the hip, spine and whole body (p=.02, .003 and .002, respectively).
ConclusionsProlonged use of today's OCs, particularly <30 mcg EE, may adversely impact young adult women's bone density while using these agents.
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