Women's Health

Why Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Worsen During Menopause?

Female hormones may contribute to the disease's onset

Since women are 3x more prone to developing RA than men, several experts believe that female hormones may contribute to the onset of the disease, triggering the immune system to attack the cells that line the joints. Women with RA tend to see an improvement in their symptoms, for instance during pregnancy, because of high levels of estrogen. During the transition to menopause, estrogen levels drop and RA symptoms may worsen.