One of the most interesting (to me) findings of the report is the strong impact of female hormone fluctuations on women with asthma, as indicated by symptom variations correlated with the menstrual cycle, with pregnancy, with menopause, and with hormonal birth control and HRT.
I find this interesting because it makes me think of my favourite* excuse researchers give for why they sadly *this hurts me more than it hurts you face 😢* must exclude messy women from their nice neat studies: “the menstrual cycle will interfere with the results!!!!11!”
Yes it will. YES, IT WILL. SO STUDY IT, BECAUSE IT WILL BE “INTERFERING” IRL AAAAAAAAAARRRGGGHHH!
According to the report, 20-25% of women with asthma have premenstrual asthma – and 68% of these women have previously been hospitalised. This, of course, hasn’t stopped (male) doctors dismissing women who have noticed a pattern: