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Old 01-19-2010, 11:06 PM   #1
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Birth control and osteoporosis - Is it safe for a 23 year old

Hi guys, I'm not used to saying this so I'll come out and just ask it.
I'm a 24 year old guy and my girlfriend was born with mild osteoporosis.
She takes supplements and is doing fine, but after talking to a friend, she feels she needs to go off birth control because it causes more bone loss.
Now, we're not really as intimate as we should be since our schedules are hectic, but I wanted to know from somebody if there was any kind of birth control - pills, injections, anything besides a condom that was safe for girls with this condition, or if any of you know anything. Intimacy is what keeps us close. Please I just want to know what is medically safe, not a lecture on morals. Don't mean that to sound harsh, I'm just annoyed and confused

 
Old 01-20-2010, 05:46 PM   #2
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Re: Birth control and osteoporosis - Is it safe for a 23 year old

Well, I'm not sure birth control pills are bad for osteoporosis unless her doctor determined this. Just guessing, maybe the friend meant because the pills suppresses the natural hormones that might be a problem since these wouldn't absorb in her system. She should ask a doctor for advice.

There's other methods of birth control which are not hormone based such as barrier methods that can be used.

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:53 PM   #3
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Re: Birth control and osteoporosis - Is it safe for a 23 year old

She could possibly be fitted for a diaghram. It requires simple insertion before intercourse, by the women. It cannot be felt, and is not detectable, if it is a proper fit. A doctor can show her how to insert it. There is also a sponge covered in spermicidal gel, that also requires insertion. These methods are not always rated as being as safe as the pill or patch, but for many women they work just fine. Birth control pillls do cause bone loss density in some women, and a host of many other problems. I am past meno, so no longer have to deal with these problems, but when I was young, I used the diaghram and the sponge method, and had many encounters,as I was very promiscuous. They worked for me, as I never became pregnant. When I married and decided to have children, I just stopped using anything. Bone density is very important around the age of your girlfriend. It is a time when her bones are forming in a sense, the stage is being set for her future bone density. She really has to make major decisions. The chance of developing bone problems down the road, the chance of becoming pregnant, are all things to consider. Health is of the utmost importance. If by chance a pregnancy should occur with these other methods, thought would have to be given as to what you would do then. Many things to think about. But that is what being an adult is all about. Since you are asking these questions, I wonder how difficult this all is for your girlfriend, and if she is pursuing her own answers, since it is after all her body.

 
Old 01-21-2010, 07:06 PM   #4
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Re: Birth control and osteoporosis - Is it safe for a 23 year old

I've never heard of being born with osteoporosis but I suppose if her bones were being depleted of calcium it could be. Your girlffriend should definitely speak with a specialist if she hasn't already done so because if the osteoporosis is mild she may be able to get treatment to increase her bone density and prevent further bone loss.

 
Old 01-21-2010, 10:24 PM   #5
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Re: Birth control and osteoporosis - Is it safe for a 23 year old

Ya, no I know. My grandma had it and I thought it was for older people.
But you can be born with it. Her mother has it, and it is hereditary in her family.


How do birth control pills cause bone loss? Is it all pills, or just some.
There are a lot of them right?
What about the patch or the Nuva ring thingy.

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Old 01-21-2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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Re: Birth control and osteoporosis - Is it safe for a 23 year old

Birth control pills (hormones) or by injection or I think there's patch, suppress the natural hormones and tricks your body into thinking it's pregnant. There are differing doses and brands but they all cause the body to suppress the natural hormones and the medication in the pills keep you from getting pregnant most of the time but it's not natural for the body. Those hormones being suppressed are necessary for strong bones along with calcium, weight bearing exercise, etc., If she already has bone loss she probably doesn't want to cause more problems. When you get off of birth control then your body usually goes back to it's usual hormones.

Your girl friend is young and most likely her natural hormones are working doing their job. When she gets older around 50 those natural hormones decrease to almost nothing (menopause) which can cause osteoporosis so while she's young and has strong hormones it's not the time to keep them from working.

I think any birth control that suppreses the natural hormones whether it's in pills, patch or some other means is not great for osteoporosis. Maybe you and she should go to see a doctor together to talk about birth control options. Like Tomatojuice mentioned, the barrier methods the sponge, diaphram don't alter hormones and still can be effective birth control.

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