What’s the Connection Between Menopause and Arthritis

What’s the connection between menopause and arthritic symptoms?

Menopause is one of the most significant changes in your life. It marks a change from being a woman to becoming a ‘man’. A man no longer needs to provide for himself, but instead provides for another person (usually her). Women are expected to look after their families and take care of them financially while they’re at work or away from home. They may have children, but they don’t necessarily need to do all the housework and childcare.

The idea of having a family is not something many women want to give up, especially when there are so few of them left. However, it is true that some women choose to stop having babies because they feel that they’ve had enough of motherhood. Others decide to stop having kids due to financial reasons or simply out of choice.

As a result of these two factors, many women become infertile. And that’s where the problem starts: when women stop reproducing, there aren’t any more eggs available to create new human beings. That means that the population goes down and eventually stops growing altogether. If this happens, then society will collapse into chaos and war because there won’t be anyone to feed or clothe those who do survive.

So what does society do?

Instead of letting it come to that, the government has decided to give free IVF treatment to couples who have been married for 2 or more years and are childless. They’re still in the process of rolling this program out, but you can easily get a job at the clinics if you ever wanted to start a family…

So, how does Menopause affect Arthritis?

As a person gets older, so does their body. After a certain age, a person’s bones and muscles have been stressed and strained so much that they start to weaken. This can lead to a condition called osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis means that the bones lose so much of their minerals that they become fragile and weak, and are more likely to break from even the smallest impact. It could be something as simple as tripping over or something as drastic as an accident. Either way, if the bones are already brittle and weak, they’re more likely to break.

Aging also causes the cartilage in the body to dry up. Cartilage is a type of ‘elastic’ that coats the ends of your bones to reduce damage from movement. When you bend your knees or sit down, you’re using your cartilage. Over time, your cartilage dries up and wears away, causing your bones to rub against each other.

This is known as bone-on-bone contact, and it’s incredibly painful.

Arthritis is a condition where the cartilage in your body starts to wear away. It usually affects the elderly, but it can also affect younger people who have led a rough or strenuous lifestyle, such as professional athletes.

When the cartilage wears away, it’s replaced with bone.

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Osteoporosis in rheumatoid arthritis—the clinical viewpoint by AD Woolf – 1991 – Citeseer

Comorbidity and lifestyle, reproductive factors, and environmental exposures associated with rheumatoid arthritis by ÅR Olsson, T Skogh, G Wingren – Annals of the rheumatic diseases, 2001 – ard.bmj.com

Health issues of menopausal women in North India by N Mahajan, M Aggarwal, A Bagga – Journal of mid-life Health, 2012 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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Mothers and daughters menopausal ages: is there a link? by DJ Torgerson, RE Thomas, DM Reid – … Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology …, 1997 – Elsevier