Osteoporosis management in Premature Ovarian Failure and women under 60
This webinar has been developed to improve health professionals’ knowledge and understanding of osteoporosis in women who are aged under 60 or those who experience premature ovarian failure.
It covers the following points:
• Definition and prevalence of osteoporosis
• How and when to test bone mass density
• Causes of premenopausal osteoporosis
• Treatment options for pre- and post-menopausal osteoporosis
The activity will assist health professionals in providing effective advice, care and treatment to women at risk of, or affected by, osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis refers to the loss of bone strength, making bones more fragile and more prone to fracture. Hormones such as oestrogen play a role in maintaining bone strength. When women go through menopause there is a significant fall in oestrogen (up to 90%). This means there is rapid bone loss in the years immediately after menopause.
Women who experience premature ovarian failure (POI) may start to lose bone density at an earlier age than women who experience menopause later. This puts them at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis earlier in life than women who undergo menopause at midlife. GPs and health professionals should be well-informed of the increased risk of osteoporosis in women who experience POI. A healthy lifestyle is important to maintaining bone health.
GPs are well-placed to advise women with early menopause to avoid smoking, engage in regular weight-bearing exercise, and ensure adequate dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
Duty of care is maintained
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Women's health