I'm 74. I was diagnosed with osteopenia at 39. Since then, by weight lifting, calcium pills & milk products as well as Estradiol patches, I have strong bones, normal for age (?). Keeping up with the patches is a nuisance. I'd like to know if I used the estrogen implant instead of the patches, would I get the same or a higher level of protection for my bones.

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The answer is not necessarily yes. Estrogens may maintain bone mineral density but do not increase BMD. So having a more sustained source of estrogen will help maintain a steady source of estrogen but will not increase bone strength if an individual is osteoporotic.

Dr. B