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Women Breathe Free – A New Asthma Program For Women

On May 15, 2014 @ 3:04 pm In All Articles,Asthma Basics

BreatheFree [1]Women have a higher asthma prevalence than men, according to numerous studies. Why? Women with asthma have unique issues affecting their airways including hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menstrual cycles.

The use of hormone medications such as birth control pills and estrogen replacement may impact their airways, too. Some women may also have greater exposure than men to asthma triggers in the home, such as dust, cooking odors, cleaning chemicals and vacuum cleaner exhaust.

Allergy & Asthma Network is partnering with the University of Michigan to launch Women Breathe Free, a program designed specifically for women with asthma who want to better manage their condition.

It is intended to introduce women to a step-by-step self-regulation approach to help them gain optimal control of their asthma, as well as strengthen the communication between women and their health care providers so they get the most out of their asthma treatment.

Here’s how it works:

You’ll receive a Women Breathe Free workbook by mail and schedule four telephone-based asthma counseling sessions with a nurse educator during an 8-12 week period. The nurse educator offers one-on-one guidance and support while working with you through a period of self-observation using a diary. The nurse educator suggests ways you can reduce or avoid asthma triggers and barriers to care, as well as encouraging you to discuss these new strategies with your health care provider.

Want to participate?

Call Allergy & Asthma Network at 800.878.4403 or email Marcela Gieminiani, Women Breathe Free program manager, at mgieminiani@aanma.org [2]. The program is open to women 18 years or older with diagnosed asthma. It is free and anonymous – no personal information will be collected.

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[1] Image: http://www.aanma.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/BreatheFree.jpg

[2] mgieminiani@aanma.org: mailto:mgieminiani@aanma.org

[3] Allergy & Asthma Network Launches Free Prescription Assistance Program: http://www.aanma.org/2014/05/allergy-asthma-network-launches-free-prescription-assistance-program/

[4] Pregnant Women Should Maintain Asthma Control: http://www.aanma.org/2009/03/pregnant-women-should-maintain-asthma-control/

[5] COPD Up Among Women: http://www.aanma.org/2009/02/copd-up-among-women/

[6] Breathe Easy At Asthma Camp: http://www.aanma.org/2014/04/breathe-easy-at-asthma-camp/

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