terrorized by asthma since perimenopause

by Louisa
(Lexington, KY. USA)

At the age of 47 I developed asthma out of the 'blue.' I simply had difficulty getting my breath and after numerous trips to see the head of pulmonary in a clinic I received zero solutions. He simply prescribed inhalers and said he never really heard the asthma in my lungs. But I knew I had it and also realized it correlated with my cycles. I asked my gyn. who suggested birth control pills and I must admit for a few years they helps considerably. I am now in post menopause and am still having off and on debilitating asthma because my hormones levels are not balanced and I am estrogen dominant. My new gyn. suggested synthetic progesterone which most educated clinicians know or should know causes asthma. I am beyond thankful to have found this site. I am using bio identical natural progesterone cream but only 20 mg. which has done nothing whatsoever to help me thus far. In fact the asthma seems a bit worse. Today I decided to try and use a few more pumps and still no relief. I need to use a lot more I assume to find any relief according to this site. Is that okay since I am in post menopause and 59 years old? My other factors are all good including vitamin D and weight etc. Thank you so much for your thoughts. I am impressed with your patience and support regarding your readers.

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May 21, 2015
terrorized by asthma since perimenopause
by: Wray

Hi Louisa Thanks for the kind words. It's interesting you say the 'asthma' correlated with your cycles. It sounds very much like a progesterone problem. A lack of progesterone or excess oestrogen can cause it, see here, here, here, here, here. But asthma or not, progesterone is also vital for respiration, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. As you are now in Peri-menopause it's not surprising you are having difficulty breathing. Although you say your Vitamin D level is fine, is it? It should be between 70 to 100ng/ml. A lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone, but it also causes asthma, see here, here, here and here. You might like to read this page here on someone else's asthma journey, very similar to yours. Take care Wray

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