Home » Health Studies in the News » Menses May Impact Asthma Symptoms

Menses May Impact Asthma Symptoms


Many women blame energy drain, irritability, and dreaded cramps on “that time of the month”. However, they might be adding asthma symptoms—such as coughing and wheezing—to the list of menstrual woes as well.

The Norwegian study monitored spikes and dips in estrogen and other hormones levels likely to affect the lungs and breathing in a group of 4,000 women (less than 8-percent diagnosed with asthma) who had normal periods and weren’t taking birth control pills.

All participants were asked to keep track of when their last period started, as well as any breathing-related issues—such as coughing attacks or wheezing—over a period of three days. Reports show that 6-percent of participants reported recent wheezing, coughing and/or shortness of breath—even those without asthma.

Surprisingly, the number of women with of each of those symptoms changed depending on where they were in their menstrual cycle, for instance:

  • Wheezing spiked just before and just after mid-cycle (ovulation), which correlates with peaks in estrogen, follicle stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone
  • Incidences of coughing and shortness of breath seemed to decline just after women got their periods
  • Shortness of breath was also less common in pre-menses

Even though it’s still unclear whether the findings can actually improve doctors’ treatment of women with asthma, the study reveals an obvious pattern. For instance, estrogen may affect the lungs directly, and insulin resistance and markers of general inflammation are known to vary during the menstrual cycle, which could also impact breathing.

“The observed patterns in our study are most likely a result of… complex hormonal processes,” said Dr. Samar Farha, an asthma and respiratory disease researcher from the Cleveland Clinic. “[This research] could lead to more personalized therapy, based on where their symptoms are getting worse, in which phases of their menstrual cycle…therapy could change and escalate based on [those] phases.”

Farha also notes that asthmatic women should consult with a medical profession if their symptoms seem to worsen at certain times of the month.

 

Source: Reuters Health

ADVERTISEMENT

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • 7 Common Risk Factors for GERD
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where stomach acid flows back from the stomach into the esophagus, causing problems like heartburn.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Hypoxia: 5 Symptoms of Low Blood Oxygen
    Hypoxemia occurs when a person experiences lower-than-normal oxygen levels in the blood, specifically in the arteries.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Unsheathing 13 Health Benefits of Barley
    Beer lovers rejoice – barley, which most beer is made from, has many positive health benefits (as long as you drink in moderation).
    Health Studies in the News
  • 13 Health Symptoms of Prolonged Mold Exposure
    Mold is literally everywhere; in our homes, outside, and even in our food. However, while it sometimes goes unnoticed to many, some Americans might be exposed to higher amounts of...
    Health Studies in the News
  • 6 Common Risk Factors for COPD
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the term used to describe a group of lung conditions—most commonly emphysema and chronic bronchitis—that cause increasing...
    Health Studies in the News
  • 5 Things to Know About the Micronutrient Selenium
    Although selenium is an essential micronutrient, not many have heard of it or are aware of how important it is to the body. As a result, an estimated 0.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Breathe In These 6 Early Warning Signs of Lung Disease
    There are a variety of lung diseases, and they can all present early symptoms that could prompt a visit to your doctor to catch it in its earlier stages.
    Health Studies in the News
  • The Early Warning Signs of Menopause
    Perimenopause is referred to as the final cessation of your menstrual cycle and the time in which you will start to see and feel the signs and symptoms of menopause—including...
    Health Studies in the News
  • 14 Early Signs of Cancer Women Shouldn't Ignore
    Cancer can present itself with many symptoms, and having 1-of the symptoms we're about to list doesn't mean it's cancer – only a doctor can confirm that.
    Health Studies in the News
  • 7 Reasons Why Your Period is Late...Excluding Pregnancy
    Oh no you’re late! If you’ve experienced the stress-inducing absence of your period, you might jump to the conclusion that you’re pregnant.
    Health Studies in the News
  • 12 Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea
    Getting a good night's sleep -- which for most people will mean around seven to eight hours in a night -- is an important part of being alert and effective in both your...
    Health Studies in the News
  • 12 Simple Remedies for Upset Stomach and Indigestion
    There's nothing fun about upset stomach and indigestion -- when it's bad, it can make carrying out even the most simple activities, like driving to work or looking after the kids,...
    Health Studies in the News
  • Top 15 Inflammatory Foods
    Inflammation is the body's natural response to safeguard against foreign bacteria, viruses, and infection.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Don't Be Shortsighted With These 12 Facts About Children's Vision
    We tend to worry more about eye problems and deteriorating vision as we age, but the truth is that children can have a variety of eye ailments that can threaten their eyesight as...
    Health Studies in the News
  • Eyeing the 12 Early Warning Signs of Glaucoma
    Glaucoma is a degenerative eye disease (of which there are several different forms) that can completely rob you of your vision.
    Health Studies in the News