Women With Asthma May Take Longer to Get Pregnant: Study

They ultimately had same number of children as women without the respiratory condition

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"Our hope is that our findings can give female asthmatics in infertility treatment a possible explanation as to why they experience prolonged time to pregnancy and thus are in need of fertility treatment," Gade said. "It is well known that one of the greatest frustrations among [women with] unexplained infertility is lacking a reason behind their fertility problems."

Whether asthma may also have an effect on male infertility isn't known, Gade said. "Unfortunately, we do not have any data on that," she said. "We have so far only focused on female fertility."

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For more on asthma and pregnancy, visit the March of Dimes.

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