August 3, 2009
Does a patient’s asthma worsen in relation to her menstrual period? If so, can anything be done to alleviate these symptoms?
Response from Pat A. Camillo, PhD, RN, APRN-BC
Associate Professor of Nursing, Minnesota State University, Makato, Minnesota; Nurse Practitioner, Private Consulting Practice, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
A gender disparity exists in the development, progression, and management of asthma. Young women tend to be at higher risk for this disease after puberty, when they are under the influence of estrogen and progesterone, whereas boys are more likely to be diagnosed at much younger ages. Asthma in women is more likely to persist into adulthood; however, once they have reached menopause, women have a lower incidence of asthma, coinciding with declining levels of estrogen and progesterone.[3,4]