Review on March 11, 2009
Women who have traditionally suffered from unpleasant symptoms of allergies such as red eyes, congestion, hay fever, difficulty breathing, or itching may also suffer from irregular periods. Recent studies conducted by various universities worldwide have shown a link between irregular periods and asthma or allergies.
For example, in a study published in the health magazine Thorax, which surveyed 6,000 Northern European women over a period of three years, approximately 1 in 4 (23%) of the total women surveyed experienced irregular periods. When comparing these results with the incidence of allergies and asthma, those women with irregular periods stood a significantly higher chance of experiencing allergies as well.
Women with irregular periods were 50% more likely to suffer from asthma or asthma attacks. In addition they suffered a higher incidence of hay fever, as well as a 30% increase in the likelihood of having further nasal allergies.
These results boost the long-held belief that hormones play a role in both irregular periods as well as allergies. When hormonal fluctuations occur, both in younger women as well as women reaching menopausal age, it is not surprising to see an increase in both allergic reactions as well as irregular periods. Nevertheless the results of such a wide-ranging study cannot help but excite the experts. As Dr. John Moore-Gillon, president of the British Lung Association, states, "It is fascinating that this research suggests that hormones can play a part in a person being asthmatic or suffering with allergies."
While in more mature women this phenomenon can be attributed to the normal hormonal fluctuations that lead up to and accompany menopause, in the case of younger women the irregular periods seemed to be more frequently cause by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a possibly hormonal-based metabolic condition. PCOS is also linked to asthma development.
With further research into the ins and outs of the specific hormones responsible for allergies, asthma, and irregular periods, future relief is possible in the treatment of all three blights upon females both young and old.
- "Irregular Periods Allergy Link," BBC News, May 28, 2005.
- "Asthma, Allergies Linked to Irregular Periods," WebMD Health News, May 25, 2005.