13 Year Old Girl with Asthma

Hi Wray, my 12 year old daughter has suffered from allergic rhinitis, constant sinusitis and asthma for 4 years since she was quite sick with a virus. Now she suffers tonsillitis attacks regularly too. She is not having periods yet, but has begun to develop breasts. She is of slim build. Would natural progesterone help her asthma or would giving her progesterone before her monthly cycle begins, be dangerous?

How can I have her progesterone levels checked and what is normal for her?

Asthma runs in my husband's side of the family and diabetes and hormone problems occur on my side, especially menstrual migraines (Migraines are also caused by other triggers). Thank you.

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Aug 19, 2010
13 Year Old Girl with Asthma
by: Wray

Hi there Firstly the progesterone won't be dangerous, they give it to pre-term infants with respiratory distress syndrome. Progesterone is essential for normal lung development in the foetus, hence it's use in pre-term infants. This is a passage from Dr Dalton's book 'Once a Month' which is well worth reading....."High concentrations of progesterone are also found in cells of the meninges (lining cells of the brain), which are involved in headaches, another common PMS symptom. Other sites where progesterone receptors have been found include the nose, nasal pharyngeal passages, and lungs, accounting for the PMS symptoms of cyclical sore throats, rhinitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, and asthma. They have been found on the optic pathway in the brain, accounting for the many eye symptoms associated with PMS. The skin, bones, and bladder, as well as the womb, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, all have progesterone receptors, which can cause problems in the premenstruum." I think this covers all your daughter's symptoms. Please see here and here. I put my daughter on to it when she was 14, her periods had started but were only 3-4 a year at that point. She's still using it and she's nearly 29 now. If you have her levels tested, it's essential to have oestrogen done too, as it's an imbalance between the two which causes the problems. I've found the ratio should be well over 300:1 progesterone to oestrogen, better still if it's over 600:1. To find the ratio divide the progesterone result by the oestrogen result. But at the same time please have a vitamin D test done. A lack of this vitamin is often the cause of asthma, for more info please see the Vitamin D council website. Interestingly a lack of vitamin D also causes diabetes, and upsets our hormones too. In fact a lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone. Progesterone is excellent for headaches and migraines too, please see here and here. Take care Wray

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