Review on April 30, 2009
Many women suffer from allergies around the time of menopause, most of which they had never suffered from before this time. The onset of menopause can also worsen the symptoms of women who suffer from menstrual-related asthma, and other allergies they may have lived with when they were younger. Allergies can include acne, rosacea, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis as well as breathing difficulties such as asthma. Such allergies can cause an uncomfortable array of symptoms and in the worst cases may have potentially life threatening consequences.
Many medical professionals have linked menopausal allergies to the body's fluctuating hormone levels during this time, more specifically drastic changes in the levels of progesterone in a women's body.
Recent research into progesterone treatments, especially those used as part of HRT treatment have pointed to links between such treatments and the development of cancer. However the use of natural progesterones as a combatant to menopausal allergies has shown positive effects and is less likely to cause such serious side effects.
Although this is an area which needs more research, a 1988 study discovered that the use of aqueous progesterone injected in the body, dispelled many allergy symptoms, especially of those people suffering from chronic hormone-related asthma.
In a study of three women, researchers gave 100 mg dose of progesterone daily in two cases and 600 mg twice a week in one. These women responded well to the treatment, although researchers stress it is important to develop the right dosage for each individual, depending on the severity of their allergies and other physical factors.
Overall it's important to seek medical advice if allergies appear or increase in severity during menopause as such symptoms may well be connected to the changes the body goes though at this time. Although more research is needed, progesterone treatment may well be useful in the management of such allergy cases in the future.
- Groch, Judith. "Menopause Linked to Decreased Lung Function and Asthma Risk". Med Page Today. www.medpagetoday.com
- Price, Dr. Dzung. "The Hormone-Allergy Connection". Ask Doctor Yung. www.askdoctoryung.com.
- Szeftel, Alan, MD. "Allergy/Allergies". MedicineNet. www.medicinet.com.