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Oral Contraceptives and Bone Mass

Wednesday, 12 November 2008 17:51
Young women who exercise regularly and use oral contraceptives may not get the boost in bone strength seen in women who exercise and do not use oral contraceptives. A recent study showed that while regular resistance training and aerobic exercise over a two-year period strengthened bones in women aged 18 to 31, oral contraceptives appeared to prevent the buildup of bone density.

Women who did not use oral contraceptives had higher bone mineral content at skeletal sites throughout their body at two years compared with women who used oral contraceptives.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2001