Bone Health

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Osteoporosis and other bone health issues

The National Women’s Health Network has developed fact sheets on osteoporosis to help women understand what treatment options exist, what the side effects and risks are, what evidence supports their efficacy, and how to adopt non-drug approaches to preventing fracture. 

Did You Know?

The Differences between Tymlos and Forteo:

Teriparatide (brand name Forteo) and abaloparatide (brand name Tymlos) are medications used to treat osteoporosis. Forteo is a lab-made version of human parathyroid hormone (PTH) and Tymlos is a version of human parathyroid hormone-protein.

Fact Sheets

Once a procedure becomes routine, it is difficult to replace. However, the NWHN is committed to a vision of osteoporosis care where all women who need it can receive effective screening in order to prevent unnecessary fractures through both medication and non-pharmacologic interventions.

Women want to know when it is appropriate to take a drug for osteoporosis, and which treatments are safe and effective. History has shown that preventing loss of bone mineral density in women who are otherwise at low risk of experiencing a fracture is dangerous.

The way we screen and treat osteoporosis is still deeply flawed. The NWHN thinks women deserve better, and we’re fighting to make that vision a reality.

Pharmaceutical companies trying to sell drugs have pushed for the adoption of flawed screening techniques that medicalized age-related bone loss. The result? Many healthy women were prescribed osteoporosis drugs despite their serious side effects and risks.

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When Depo Provera was approved for use in the U.S. in 1992, preliminary research indicated that women who used Depo Provera experienced a loss of bone mineral density (BMD), which might put them at higher risk for osteoporosis and bone...

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In clinical trials, results also suggest that people who stop taking Prolia and did not start another treatment experienced more vertebral fractures in the 10 months after treatment than people who had been taking a placebo. Researchers and physicians recommend...

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Fosteum, classed as a “medical food” by the FDA, is often used to treat osteopenia and osteoporosis. This prescription product contains genistein (a natural plant estrogen from soybeans), Vitamin D, and Zinc.

Everyone’s experience with osteoporosis is different, which is why it is crucial to understand what’s best for your body specifically.

With so much industry-sponsored content, who can you trust to figure out the truth about osteoporosis? Is it a serious threat to women’s health? Should you be getting bone scans, or considering medication?

So, you just got home from the doctor with your DEXA bone density results in hand. You were told you have osteoporosis. Should you start taking medication? Are there things you can do without medication? What information can you trust?

Taking vitamins and mineral supplements are a part of many women’s daily routine. A number of brands now create vitamins specifically for women, creating a sort of all-encompassing multivitamin that checks all the boxes of essential nutrients.

Prolia is a medication treatment option for people with osteoporosis. Prolia is a type of monoclonal antibody, which stops the natural breakdown of bones.