Menopause & aches and pains
Around the time of menopause, many women notice an increase in aches and pains in their joints and muscles. These can be related to menopause itself, or to other medical conditions that become more common as we age.
Use this guide to find out more, and speak to your doctor if you need further support.
ACHES AND PAINS DEFINITION
This group of symptoms is very broad, and can include pain, discomfort and stiffness in the joints or muscles of almost any part of the body.
Other types of pain can also be more common around the time of menopause. You can find more information in our articles on Headaches if you are experiencing these.
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HOW LIKELY ARE ACHES AND PAINS DURING MENOPAUSE?
- They are very common
- One study of more than 8,000 women around menopause found that over 60% had muscle and joint aches
- Of these, just over 15% were rated as severe or very severe
Read more about the stages of menopause.
What makes aches and pains worse?
Weight gain & BMI in the obese range (30+)
Reduced muscle mass
Mood changes, including depression
HOW CAN YOU MINIMALISE ACHES AND PAINS?
It really does depend on the cause of your aches and pains. If you have aches and pains that are persistent or severe, talk to your doctor, as many are treatable.
If your aches and pains are put down to menopause rather than any condition in particular, these things will help:
1. Healthy lifestyle. It really can improve many kinds of aches and pains. This includes taking up exercise, such cardio and strength training, maintaining a healthy weight and stopping smoking, among others.
2. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Some women may find HRT helpful in reducing the aches and pains associated with menopause. HRT can also improve symptoms that may contribute to chronic pain including mood changes, loss of muscle mass and poor sleep. However, HRT is not suitable for everyone and there is limited evidence that it helps for general aches and pains alone.
Read more about the HRT debate.
Aches and pains & menopause
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WHAT RELIEF FOR ACHES AND PAINS IS AVAILABLE?
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