Osteoporosis is a common but serious problem that is most prevalent in postmenopausal women. Osteoporosis means that the bone becomes more porous (has more holes) and becomes weaker. This is a painless problem that happens over time. As the bone becomes fragile, it is more likely to fracture, especially if you trip and fall.
Screening for osteoporosis typically starts 10 years after menopause. However, some women have additional risk factors for osteoporosis that cause their bones to weaken prior to age 60.
If you have questions about your risk, please ask your physician at your gynecologic office visit.
A “DEXA scan” is a low radiation X-ray capable of detecting small percentages of bone loss. It is used to measure spine and hip bone density, and can also measure bone density of the whole skeleton. This scan is performed at a radiology facility. Please make sure the radiology facility you choose accepts your insurance.