A case of menstruation-associated asthma: treatment with oral contraceptives

Chest. 1999 Jul;116(1):252-3. doi: 10.1378/chest.116.1.252.


A menstrual rhythm has been documented for exacerbations of asthma, which may have important clinical relevance to the patient with severe asthma. We report the case of a 26-year-old patient with menstruation-associated asthma who showed a dramatic response to oral contraceptives. It was noted that falls in peak respiratory flow rate coincided with ovulation. We concluded that oral contraceptive therapy is useful in this particular group of asthmatic patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthma / physiopathology*
  • Asthma / prevention & control*
  • Contraceptives, Oral / therapeutic use*
  • Ethinyl Estradiol / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menstruation*
  • Norgestrel / therapeutic use


  • Contraceptives, Oral
  • Norgestrel
  • Ethinyl Estradiol