Osteoporosis risks you may not think about

Risks: Loss of Bone Mass Linked to Contraceptive

A January 2010 New York Times article by Roni Caryn Rabin reports that loss of bone mass may be linked to a popular injected contraceptive.

“Almost half of all women who use a popular injected contraceptive [depot medroxyprogesterone acetate] lose a significant amount of bone mass within two years, and researchers now say the greatest risk is to smokers, women who don’t consume enough calcium and those who have never gone through a pregnancy.”

The study appeared in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

A version of this article appeared in print on January 12, 2010, on page D6 of the New York edition.

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