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Asthma and Women

It’s International Women's Day on March 8 – and a chance to put a spotlight on the female experience of asthma.

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It’s not commonly known that asthma differs between men and women.

In fact, females aged 15 and over are 2.3 times more likely than males to be admitted to hospital for asthma* and in adulthood, asthma affects more women than men.

The heightened levels of asthma in women may be partly due to the female hormones.

Women and girls with asthma commonly notice a change in their asthma symptoms around puberty, during their period (menstruation), when pregnant and when approaching menopause

This is mainly due to the change in levels of oestrogen and progesterone (the female hormones), in the body.

The best way for women and girls to manage their asthma is to:

  • Have a written asthma action plan to help maintain asthma control
  • Have a yearly asthma review with a doctor or health professional
  •  Maintain a daily asthma medication routine


(*AIHW 2017. Asthma Snapshot: Accessed 12/01/2017)

If your asthma symptoms are triggered in times of hormonal change, we would love you to share your story.

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