Statement: Increased use of fertility treatment in women with asthma

Women with asthma are more likely to have fertility treatment than women without asthma, according to new research presented today at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

Of the 744 pregnant women with asthma at the Hvidovre Hospital, in Denmark, who gave birth between 2007 and 2013, 12 percent had received fertility treatment compared to 7 percent of the 2,136 women without asthma.

Although the study does not prove that asthma reduces fertility, the researchers say improving women’s asthma management may help them to become pregnant more easily.

Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, said: “There is a wealth of existing research linking asthma and hormones and this study adds to our knowledge on the subject.

“However, it does not prove that asthma plays a part in reducing fertility in women, we need much more investment in asthma research to be able to understand exactly how asthma could impact on fertility. 

“If you have asthma and you are trying to conceive then you should talk to your GP about your health to ensure you are managing your asthma, understand how your medicines work, and make sure you are taking them correctly. You can also call the Asthma UK Helpline for independent confidential advice from a specialist nurse on 0300 222 5800.”

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• In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
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