How Menopause Affects Asthma


Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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Most women begin the transition into menopause around age 45 when they experience changes in the length, frequency and severity of their menstrual periods. While menopause can bring on many symptoms like hot flashes, irritability and sleep disturbances, there’s one condition which may be tied to menopause that most women don’t know about: asthma. 

With asthma, your airways swell, narrow and produce extra mucus, making it harder to breathe normally. It’s one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States, and women make up the majority of asthmatics. The relationship between menopause and asthma is complicated, so it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about any concerns you have – especially if you’re going through this life transition.

Getting a diagnosis of asthma can be scary and intimidating. But with a little understanding and the right treatment plan, you can learn to control your asthma and keep it from slowing you down.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 19, 2016

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