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What Your Gender Means for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Tan Danh

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Gender and Age Play a Role in RA

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Hormones May Be Triggers

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Edu Carvalho

A Woman’s Risk Fluctuates Through Her Life

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lucas mendes

Planning for Pregnancy Is Key

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Men and Women Perceive RA Differently

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A normal wrist (left image) and one (right image) with a tilted wrist joint due to osteoporosis.Nevit Dilmen and Mikael Häggström

Women With RA Have a Higher Risk of Osteoporosis

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Younger Men With RA Are at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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Geert Pieters

Both Genders Can Improve Their RA Outcomes

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  • Onset of Menopause and RA: Arthritis Care & Research. (2014). Effect of Age at Menopause on Disease Presentation in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results From the Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort.

  • Women’s Hormones and RA: Rheumatology. (2017). The Role of Female Hormonal Factors in the Development of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  • Differences in Men and Women With RA: BMC Medicine. (2009). Sex Differences in Rheumatoid Arthritis: More Than Meets the Eye. 10.1186/1741-7015-7-12

  • Experience of RA Among Men and Women: Karolinska Institutet. (2019). Gender Differences in Experience of Rheumatism.

Carin Gorrell

Carin Gorrell


Carin Gorrell is a longtime dedicated health and wellness editor and writer. She is the former Editor in Chief of Yoga Journal, and has worked at numerous award-winning magazines including Self, Redbook, and Psychology Today. She contributes to several sites including Spartan, SheKnows, and Dr.WhitneyBow, and YogaJournal.