Delay in Diagnosis of Menopause-like Condition in Young Women Linked to Low Bone Density – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. In one out of 100 women under the age of 40, the ovaries prematurely stop making estrogen. Dr. Lawrence Nelson at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has studied what is called primary ovarian insufficiency.
Dr. Nelson: It used to be called premature menopause, meaning that young women stopped having menstrual periods; and they may also get the symptoms of hot flashes and vaginal dryness that comes along with estrogen deficiency.
Narrator: A study has found that a delay in diagnosing this condition is linked to low bone density which may increase risk for osteoporosis and fractures later in life. For details, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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