Should I get a bone density test? When and how often?

Osteopenia and osteoporosis are much more common after menopause as bone density declines when one's estrogen levels decline.  These changes occur relatively slowly and may not be detected for many years.  It is recommended to get your first bone density approximately 10 years after your last menstrual period (if natural menopause), 10 years after surgical menopause, or sooner if you have certain medical conditions such as long-standing thyroid disease, chronic steroid use or have used anti-estrogen medications for conditions such as breast cancer.

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