Women with amenorrhea and polycystic ovaries (PCO) seem to present a relative degree of protection against bone loss caused by hypoestrogenism. We treated 20 patients affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) for 6 months. After treatment mean bone mineral density (BMD) significantly decreased. We concluded that patients with PCOS have to be considered at risk of developing osteopenia when treated with GnRH-a. The relative protection against osteoporosis, that is present in amenorrheic patients with PCO, might be attributed to the characteristics of amenorrhea in these patients.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Endocrinological Investigation|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1997|
- Bone mineral density
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
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