Conference Report From the 10th World Congress on the Menopause

Professor Lorraine Dennerstein, AO MBBS, PHD, DPM, FRANZCP


July 03, 2002

In This Article

Joint Aches and Pains -- A Prevalent Menopausal Symptom

In a poster presentation using the Melbourne Women's Midlife Health Project data, Dr. Cassandra Szoeke and colleagues,[27] Office for Gender and Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Australia,demonstrated that joint aches and pains were the most prevalent bothersome symptom reported by mid-aged women both at baseline and at 8-year follow-up. Joint aches and pains were more prevalent than were vasomotor symptoms. There was enough interest in possible links between osteoarthritis and the menopause to have a separate session dedicated to this subject at the conference. The prevalence of osteoarthritis in men and women is similar until age 50, but thereafter the disease becomes more severe, prevalent, and generalized in women.[28] In this preliminary analysis, Szoeke and coworkers found a strong trend toward an increase in reports of arthritis with the menopausal transition, although this did not reach statistical significance.


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