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1. I got into a habit of cracking my fingers, knuckles, toes, neck, etc. A friend told me it causes arthritis, another friend told me it doesn't cause arthritis, and my mom told me it causes big knuckles. I'm not sure who and what to believe. What exactly does cracking body joints cause and doesn't cause.

2. My friend told me that her mom told her gymnasts (female, obviously) cannot get their period because they are too healthy. Is this true?

3. My other friend says that you don't get your period your whole life, that it lasts only about 40-50 years. Yet, to my horror, I saw my Grandma who was 84 at the time holding a pad. Is this true?

Thanks much, and sorry. I keep blabbing about all the questions I need answered and I feel like I am exploding in your faces. This last bit I said could mean nothing to you, yet I wanted to apologize for anything I did wrong (I'm not sure I did, though).

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1) Here's a link about knuckle cracking that gives a good synopsis-- Go Ask Alice: knuckle cracking There is conflicting evidence out there (try a search engine for "knuckle cracking"), but I think it's safe to say that it's wise to not constantly crack your joints.
2) This is not true--this would mean that healthy women wouldn't menstruate! Anyways, one reason why your friend may think this is true is because there's a possible link between getting to a certain body fat percentage and the beginning of menstruation, menarche. Some competitive female gymnasts (well, many) have a much lower body fat percentage, so they don't get up to that certain body fat level. Also, some gymnasts try to maintain an unhealthily low weight, and not having enough nutrition can definitely result in delaying menstruation.
3. Yup, you don't get your period for your entire life. Otherwise, women would be fertile well into old age, and we do not see, for example, 80 year old women giving birth. The end of menstruation is called menopause. You may have heard of it (there's a raging controversy about treatments for side effects of menopause) before. Many women experience uncomfortable physical and mental side effects during this time, but it's not necessarily horrible. Kind of like menstruation, eh?

It's very likely that your grandma was holding a pad for incontinence--that's when you don't have as much control over your bladder.

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I'm living proof that popping your joints increases the size of them. It also hurts like a mother when ya get older. Neck popping is even worse, so stop. Now!
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