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can woman in their thirties have osteoporosis; before menopause?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 19 years experience
Yes: Estrogen deprivation (you've had your ovaries removed or they don't work) or exposure to certain medicines (eg, anti-psychotics, seizure medicines, steroids) can cause osteoporosis in women in their 30's. However, if you haven't been estrogen deprived or exposed to toxic medicines it's unlikely. Most women lose maximal bone mass within 3 years of after menopause. An xray test can determine risk.

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Last updated Mar 29, 2015

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