sarah (herminia) wrote in vaginapagina,

Menstrual cycles and asthma

I've recently been diagnosed with asthma. While most of my asthma triggers are environmental, specifically diesel pollution and exposure to tobacco smoke, I've noticed that my symptoms are dramatically worse during the week leading up to my period (moderate asthma attacks lasting for days that don't respond to medication, seriously affecting my ability to work/live my life). I've read other places that the menstrual cycle can affect asthma but I haven't read about people who successfully manage their menstrual cycles to manage their asthma. 

A little bit about me: I am 25 years old. I probably have endometriosis (multiple doctors have said so, but I haven't undergone a lap to confirm), with severe cramps, heavy bleeding, and severe pain in my lower back before and during menstruation. Otherwise, I am generally healthy with no other chronic medical conditions, although my immune system seems to be made of flimsy stuff - I get sick a lot - and I am almost always fatigued. I am not on any form of birth control (I track my cycles and my partner and I rely on condoms most of the month, withdrawal during non-fertile periods). I have had terrible experiences with birth control in the past (extreme nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression). I planned to get the Paragard IUD inserted later this year but now I am wondering if I should reconsider the MIrena, since it would make sense that managing my cycle with hormonal birth control might reduce asthma symptoms. Has anyone else with asthma that's worsened by your menstrual cycle experienced  changes when going on HBC? Has anything else worked for you? 

Thanks in advance!
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