Background Non-adherence to medical treatment of chronic diseases remains unclear. People with osteoporosis are mostly unaware of the disease, until bone fractures may occur. The medical treatment might be the manifest of the disease before fracture. However, it is unknown how this is experienced and affects the individual’s life situation. Aim The aim is to illuminate the human experiences and perspective in relation to living with osteoporosis without fractures, but with prophylactic treatment. Method Descriptive, longitudinal study the approach was phenomenological-hermeneutic. Sixteen women with osteoporosis and in prophylactic treatment were included. Data was obtained using individual interviews three times during one year. Data were analyzed at three levels: Naive reading, structural analysis and critical interpretation and discussion. Results The preliminary findings indicate that there are three categories of lived experiences of osteoporosis. 1) Accepting the diagnosis and embracing the medical treatment. 2) Seeking knowledge about the disease and the medication during embracing. 3) Alarmed by the diagnosis and of any adverse effect of the medication. Scientific and applicative relevance The project provides new basic research to be used in the efforts to enhance patient participation and to provide health professionals improved opportunities to support, guide and inform the individual patient.