Why are more women affected by bone loss than men?
- Women tend to have smaller bones than men.
- Women go through the menopause, and some women can lose up to 30% of the overall bone in their body during this process.
- If a female’s period started later than age 15, they are at a higher risk for bone loss as their sex hormones were not regular.
- If a female has or had PMT (Premenstrual tension) their hormones are not regular, so they are at higher risk of bone loss.
- If a girl/woman loses their periods NOT due to pregnancy. Eating disorders and/or over-exercising are a common cause of this and places the person at high risk to develop bone loss. NOTE: Eating disorders and/or over-exercising in males will cause bone loss also.
- If a woman has endometriosis, their sex hormones are not regular, and they are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.
- If a woman is on the contraceptive Depo Provera, this has been proven to cause bone loss.
- If a woman has a hysterectomy, they are at a much higher risk of bone loss.