Asthma linked to increase in need for fertility treatment

Women with asthma are more likely to have fertility treatment before giving birth than non-asthmatic women, according to new research.

The study, conducted by the Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark, examined 744 pregnant asthmatic women who gave birth between 2007 and 2013. Of these, 12 per cent had received fertility treatment compared to seven per cent of the 2,136 non-asthmatic women in the control group.

According to the researchers, improving women's asthma control might help them to become pregnant more easily.

Professor Charlotte Suppli Ulrik, from the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Hvidovre Hospital, and study supervisor, said that despite not having proof, “it seems very likely that good asthma control will improve fertility in women with asthma by reducing the time it takes to become pregnant and, therefore, the need for fertility treatment”.

The new research was presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Milan, Italy.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801839824-ADNFCR