Bone density test if period has not returned?

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Question from Tulip: Should you have a bone density test if you are 40 and your period has not returned post ACT chemotherapy?
Answers - Charles Loprinzi Bone density is recommended to be obtained around the time of menopause. If a woman at age 40 has not had menstrual periods for a year or more after finishing chemotherapy, then it seems reasonable to get a bone mineral density test around that time. There are not hard and fast guidelines around this, however.
Mindy Goldman, M.D. Women reach peak bone density at around 30-35 and all women have a gradual decline in bone density after that. The major rate of loss, 2-3% per year, is in the immediate years after menopause. If she is going through menopause at an earlier age (10 years earlier than expected), it will be important to do things like weight-bearing exercise and taking calcium supplementation in order to maintain her bone density and hopefully prevent osteoporosis.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Menopausal Symptoms Part 3 featured Charles Loprinzi, M.D. and Mindy Goldman, M.D. answering your questions about how you can manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and more.

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