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Posted by Stacey on October 19, 1999 at 23:24:39:

In Reply to: Re: can anorexia cause estrogen loss? posted by LANA on August 25, 1999 at 21:41:04:

: : By all means, go. I'm only 20, I've been anorexic for 11 years, and I got so bad off that I developed polycystic ovaries, which happens when your cycle gets messed up. Because of this condition, my first child, Taylor, was unable to fully develop and died in utero. This is nothing to mess with, and if you think your disease is bad enough, try coupling it with the death of someone you love a million times more than you. Please get help, and please contact me further if you need any encouragement or support. I'm rooting for you.

: I AM 29 AND HAVE FINALLY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOPOROSIS, EVEN THOUGH I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG FOR MANY YEARS SINCE I HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AND HEALTHY FROM ANOREXIA. I AM SEEING A SPECIALIST AND HAD NOT HEARD ABOUT THE ESTROGEN COMPONENT. THEY PUT ME ON FOSAMAX AND CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D ALL DAY LONG. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANYTHING TO HELP OR ADD TO THIS? IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME AND MANY FRACTURES TO FINALLY GET THEM TO REFER ME TO A SPECIALIST.

Speaking on a more general term of weight loss, it seems possible that loss of estrogen would result since estrogen is a fat-soluble hormone. I am not anorexic, but I am currently a member of Weight Watchers and have so far lost 21 pounds. My point is that I have been on birth control for over 3 years without any problems, and just recently I started having problems, such as spotting. I did a little background research on estrogen and found that when estrogen levels are lowered, menstruation occurs. I wonder if the reason for this is that the fat loss is taking with it the estrogen my body has become accustomed to. I would like to know more about this, as it concerns me.

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