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Osteoporosis and other bone health issues

The National Women’s Health Network has developed consumer health information 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. 

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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.

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Age is not the only factor that influences our bones. However, women who are around or past the menopausal age are more prone to bone weakening, increasing the risks of osteoporosis.

Ipriflavone is an herbal medicine made from a hormone found in soy plants that has a similar chemical structure to human estrogen. Ipriflavone supplements are said to increase calcium absorption and decrease the breakdown of bones; however, there is currently...

The National Women’s Health Network believes women have a right to know the potential benefits and risks of osteoporosis treatment, so we took a firsthand look at the evidence. We’ve compiled consumer health information about the drug so you can...

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to lose tissue and become weak and fragile, potentially leading to bone fractures. Prevention and treatment methods can help inhibit fractures and decrease the severity of osteoporosis.

Depo-Provera is a progesterone-based contraceptive shot injected into the arm, upper thigh or abdomen. It is 97-99.7% effective in preventing pregnancy. Each shot lasts for about 13 weeks.

I have been treated with Aclasta for the last four years. My doctor wants to switch me to Prolia. He told me research has shown that using the same drug reduces its effectiveness. Is it true that Aclasta may lose...

Women continue to experience gaps in healthcare access for a variety of issues, and we advocate for changes in the healthcare system that would remedy this. Bisphosphonate use, however, is one time when less really is more.

Reclast is one of eight FDA approved bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are a type of drug commonly used for osteoporosis treatment and prevention.

Is Fosteum safe and a good alternative for treating osteoporosis?

The NWHN acknowledges the overbearing influence pharmaceutical companies have on doctors and patients. This issue arises for those diagnosed with high bone fracture risk. Women are specifically targeted since they’re five times more likely to be diagnosed than men.