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Birth Control and Asthma

02/23/2007

Question:

I was diagnosed with chronic, intermittent mild asthma 2 years and 6 months ago at the age of 34. I am currently on the birth control pill to regulate menstruation(started April, 2006) and ever since then my asthma has dramatically improved. Have any findings shown that the birth control pill helps control asthma ? (It has worked wonders for me!)

Answer:

It is difficult to state what is helping you. You have mild asthma so it is possible that you are having a natural remission. On the other hand it is known that female hormones can affect asthma in unpredictable ways. Some women have even been helped by injections of progesterone which is one of the ingredients in birth control pills. In future you should try to determine whether your monthly hormone fluctuations have an effect on your asthma.

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Response by:

I Leonard Bernstein, MD I Leonard Bernstein, MD
Clinical Professor Emeritus
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati