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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Menstrual Panting? You Breathe Differently When You Ovulate Then You Breath When On Your Period

In a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine it was noted that depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, you have different breathing patterns and different lung and respiratory symptoms. The group RHINE, studying women and Respiratory Health in Northern Europe demonstrated that whether you have wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing, depends upon the stage of the menstrual cycle. Shortness of breath is highest on days 7-21 of awoman's cycle, counting the first day of bleeding as day 1, wheezing is lowest just before and after the menstrual period, and coughing is worst around the time of ovulation.  All breathing symptoms are worse in those with acute or chronic cough. So even a cold or allergy symptom can worsen when you are in this midcycle phase. The docs are going so far as to say accurate data regarding the symptoms you have can allow them to tailor medication dosing to days of the cycle for better control of symptoms such as asthma. It is assumed by a spokesperson for the American Thoracic Society that these symptoms are due to hormonal changes. If we had to guess we'd think many of the changes are directly related to progesterone fluctuations. Strategies for control thus could mean controlling the hormone levels, such as with oral contraceptives. If you suspect you have these problems, come talk to your gyno.

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