Regarding your question about Raynaud’s being connected to menopause, it depends on the individual. I know some whose condition completely disappeared as they got older, others who had just the opposite occur, as you did.
As more females suffer from the condition than men, it’s not surprising there might be some hormonal factor. We also hear about connections between pregnancy and Raynaud’s, but there’s no definitive pattern there either: Some women tell us they never had Raynaud’s until they delivered their first child, others say it went away once they got pregnant.
To my knowledge, no direct connection to hormonal triggers is clinically proven, but you have to believe there’s something related.