Many studies have shown that women tend to suffer from more knee problems than men due to physiology and hormones. Yes unfortunately this is true! Several women who come to my clinic will tell me that their joint pains increase during their menstrual cycle. Studies have shown that active women are up to eight times more likely to suffer knee problems – particularly injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that stabilizes the joint – than sporty men. Why? Partly because of our hormones and partly because of the way our bodies are made.