In osteoporosis, as bone density decreases, some bones can collapse or break more easily. Women with osteoporosis most commonly experience symptoms in their hips, wrists, ribs, and spine. For example, vertebra can collapse resulting in back pain, loss of height, and a stooped posture. Pain occurs during physical activities such as walking, standing, or bending movements.
Due to their diminished estrogen levels, menopausal women are more susceptible to develop osteoporosis. They typically lose around 20 percent of their bone density during the first five to seven years after menopause. However, other can experience a slower or faster decline rate.