How Your Asthma is Harming Your Chances of Conceiving

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Can asthma affect your fertility? Studies point to yes. People who have asthma and only use short-acting methods to deal with it are more likely to have issues becoming pregnant. Those who use long-term methods to control their asthma don't show any adverse effects, and are just as likely to become pregnant as those without asthma. 

How can asthma affect fertility?

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in women of reproductive age. As the lead researcher of this study, Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak from the Robinson Research institute, said, Five to ten percent of all women around the world have asthma and it is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in women of reproductive age. Several studies have identified a link between asthma and female infertility, but the impact of asthma treatments on fertility has been unclear.   

Why is this a concern?

Asthma can cause inflammation in the lungs as well as elsewhere in the body, including the uterus. Because of this it could affect the health of eggs in the ovary. While short term relief is good for the lungs, it may not help the inflammation elsewhere in the body, meaning that it isn't treating the root cause of the problem.In short, Dr. Grzeskowiak wants to assure women that they are likely safe taking their asthma medication while pregnant, but that there is still a lot of research that can be done on the subject. All the same, it's best to turn to long term methods that will be helping the entire body rather than just the lungs. 

Can asthma be bad for my baby?

Yes. Studies have shown that maternal asthma can be bad for both pregnant women and their babies. So it۪s best to get asthma under control before trying to conceive, since it can have long term health consequences.  

Is there anything I can do?

For now, try to find long term solutions to deal with your asthma instead of short term ones. "Asthma is a common condition but in the majority of cases it can be well-controlled with the right medicines. Women who are trying to conceive and women who are already pregnant are naturally concerned about the effects of their medicines, although there are large studies showing that asthma medications are safe, in fact, safer than not taking medication," said Professor Mina Gage, the President of the European Respiratory Society, and Medical Director and Head of the Respiratory Department of Athens Chest Hospital. So what Professor Gage is saying is that it's safer to take asthma medication than to skip it, but that there is still a need for further research. Just make sure you're talking to your doctor to make sure what you're doing is the best for you.

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