Adolescent Women’s Reproductive and Bone Maturation—Avoid Combined Hormonal Contraception

Speaker: 
Jerilynn Prior BA, MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 1
Room: 
Labatt Hall
Credits: 
1.50

Descriptions

It is now normal for adolescent women to seek health care provider prescription of combined hormonal contraception (CHC) for treatment (55%—cramps, irregular cycles, acne) or contraception (45%). However adolescent women are still maturing in menstrual cycles, developing ovulation and accruing peak bone mass. This talk will outline the normal adolescent reproductive and bone physiology and show the ways in which CHC may interfere with optimal maturation.  

 

Learning objectives:

  1. What normal cycle changes occur in the years after menarche?
  2. What normal changes occur in musculoskeletal health in women’s adolescence?
  3. What is today’s current pattern of use of combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC)?
  4. What do we know about CHC use and reproductive and bone maturation?
Jerilynn Prior BA, MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM

Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC is a Professor of Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She studies menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle’s changing estrogen and progesterone (ovulation) levels on women’s health. She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (www.CeMCOR.ca--3500-7000 page-views/d. She is also Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (www.camos.org) that studies bone health and incident fracture over almost 20 years in population-based women and men. Dr. Prior is known for innovative research showing:  1) perimenopause is a time of higher and erratic estrogen/lower progesterone levels and paradoxical bone loss (Prior Estrogen’s Storm Season—stories of perimenopause); 2) normally ovulatory cycles are necessary to prevent bone loss—progesterone increases bone formation; and 3) that combined hormonal birth control use is associated with decreased adolescent women’s peak bone mass accrual. 

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Vancouver, BC
Canada

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