There was no association between the use of oral contraceptives (OC) and fractures near the menopausal transition in the decade before menopause or after age 38. This according to a study of 1,204 case women aged 45 to 59 years with incident fractures, and 2,275 control women. Study results included:
• The most common fracture site for cases was the wrist/forearm (32%).
• Adjusted fracture risk did not differ between cases vs controls for OC use in the 10 years before menopause (OR=0.90), for OC use after age 38 (OR=0.94), and for duration of use, or for other OC exposures.
• For women considering OC use at these times, fracture risk did not appear to be either reduced or increased.
Citation: Scholes D, LaCroix AZ, Hubbard RA, et al. Oral contraceptive use and fracture risk around the menopausal transition. [Published online ahead of print January 8, 2016]. Menopause. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000595.