A European Lung Foundation-study said that women with asthma, who use long-acting asthma preventers, conceive as quickly as other women, breaking the previous conception that women with asthma who only use short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women. The study was conducted on more than 5,000 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland and was led by Dr Luke Grzeskowiak.
He claimed that the results provide reassurance for asthmatic women that using inhaled corticosteroids to prevent symptoms does not appear to reduce fertility. Dr Luke explained, “5 to 10% 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”.
“Studying the effect of asthma treatments in women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant is important as women often express concerns about exposing their unborn babies to potentially harmful effects of medications”, he further noted.