If it is never a time of rejoicing, the period of the rules, for Lisa Hall, is a real source of anxiety. For the 40-something, her period could trigger a fatal asthma attack…
What woman is delighted when her period arrives? Between pain, fatigue and discomfort, this monthly period is not pleasant. Yet for many women, menstruation remains “harmless”.
At Lisa Hall, on the other hand, they cause real anxiety, the forty-year-old seeing the symptoms of her chronic asthma worsen before their arrival…
An increase in symptoms
Lisa lives in Newport, Wales. At 40, every month, she dreads the arrival of her period. Suffering from asthma, she sees, in the days preceding them, her symptoms becoming more intrusive. Cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain are the main common signs of the disease. Recently, Lisa confided that her cough got so bad within days of her cycle that her former employer told her that if she didn’t get help from her GP, he would take her to hospital. In an attempt to remedy this, Lisa explained to The Sun newspaper “I take about eight medications a day to try to get some sort of control over my asthma” without much success.
Women on the front line
A recent report from Asthma UK showed that women were twice as likely to die from an asthma attack as men, female sex hormones including estrogen may be behind triggering attacks more serious respiratory illnesses. Executive Director of this organization, Sarah Woolnough noted: “Gaps in our knowledge fail women. Many are struggling with debilitating asthma symptoms, stuck in a cycle of hospitalization and discharge, and in some cases losing their lives.” If the report helps Lisa understand more about her condition, it also allowed her to start a real discussion with an asthma nurse, who, fortunately, had also noticed this association between the menstrual cycle and the onset of asthma symptoms after having had several conversations with asthmatic patients.
“For a lot of people, talking about your menstrual cycle is still quite taboo, especially when you’re 15 or 16. You’re quite young and impressionable and it’s embarrassing, let’s face it,” Lisa added. According to her, if discussions From a medical point of view, this would only benefit patients and could open up new avenues or treatment options for women.According to Asthma UK experts, the best way to monitor your symptoms is to keep a diary “By understanding the role of sex hormones in asthma, we could transform the lives of millions of women around the world.” We urgently need to see more investment in research in this area to save lives,” concluded Sarah Woolnough.