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Oral contraception may reduce bone density

22nd July 2011

New research has suggested that oral contraceptives may gradually reduce a woman's bone density.

A US study involving 301 women aged 14-18 and 305 aged 19-30 revealed that after two years of taking contraceptive pills, teenagers showed around 1% less gain in spinal and whole-body bone density than those not on the pill. Arthritis Research UK said it's become increasingly recognised that osteoporosis is not just about bone loss as you get older, but how much bone you gain at key stages during growth and development.

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