Periods and Asthma

Hi All,

I find that when I am due my period my asthma goes banana's! The day before I come on is awful and I practically have my Ventolin in my hand the whole time. My peak flow drops significantly and generally I struggle a lot through the duration of the period. My asthma does go back to its normal state of chaos once the period is over.

Can anyone else share any similar experiences?

I will of course discuss this with my doctor at my next review, but would like to be comforted by the fact that I'm not the only one!

From a very sore, grumpy and ever so wheezy Chickstar.

x x x

10 Replies

  • Hi Chickstar,

    Your not the only one, mine does not go haywire but I do notice a remarkable deteriation just before and my GP told me years ago that it is normal but that might just be me so I would still mention it next time you are there

    Snowy x

  • Hi Chickstar,

    You are not alone.

    My asthma is always problematic but I do have a wheeze that appears on cue about a day before the onset of a period. It doesn't cause me huge problems. I do have a friend who is nearly always admitted to hospital with an accute attack every time her period starts. I believe that it is actually quite a common thing to happen albeit in varying forms of severity. I was once told it often causes asthma symptoms to first appear in teenage girls when they start their periods for the very first time.

    I would suggest that you speak to your doctor about your symptoms and see what they think.

    Good luck

  • Hi no you are not alone, I have 2 periods a months every 14-18 days!which is probably why my asthma never recovers. Oh the joy of being a woman!!

    Hope you feel better soon

  • hi chickstar ,

    I have the same problem.

    yes its linked with a hormone change and a lot on

    google about it.

    we get double trouble with periods and Asthma flairups,

    good luck love Glynis xxx

  • yes it's a known link, although many doctors don't acknowledge it. Some research and I know it's been mentioned on here before is to double up you inhaled steroid for two weeks, starting 7 days before your due to start.

  • if you enter hormones in top box you will get info up.

    love glynisxxx

    top right search box

  • Thank you all for your kind messages and advice.

    It's good to know that a lot of us are in the same boat, even though it is annoying and uncomfortable.

    I have a review next month so this is will be one on the list to ask about.

    So much fun being an asthmatic 'women' with so many wonderful triggers!!!

    Thanks again x x x

  • Hi chick star

    I get this and my consultant gets me to up my preventer a week before and then drop it again a week after and it helps to hold my asthma.

    You are not alone!

    Feel free to pm.


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