Joint Pain

Joint Pain and Menopause

Aching joints is one of the most common symptoms of menopause.

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It’s thought that as many as half of all post-menopausal women as well as many women in perimenopause experience joint pain and aching muscles.

Usually associated with exercise or some kind of injury, women don’t always make the link to menopause.

Why is joint pain a symptom of menopause?

It’s believed that the fluctuating levels of hormones experienced during menopause have an impact on the immune system.

Estrogen helps prevent inflammation in the joints, so low levels of estrogen during menopause can lead to increased inflammatory instances and therefore aching joints.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.