In the United States, more women than men have asthma. We believe women with asthma have unique issues that may influence their disease. Asthma symptoms may be affected by menstrual cycles, the use of hormone medications such as birth control pills and estrogen replacement, and by pregnancy. Women may also have greater exposure than men to certain asthma triggers in the home such as cleaning chemicals, dust, cooking odors and vacuum cleaner exhaust.
Women Breathe Free, developed by the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan, is the first asthma management program specifically designed for women. It has been designed to focus on female issues that may affect women’s asthma.
Through a series of phone sessions, Women Breathe Free introduces you to a step by step self regulation approach to help you gain optimum control of your asthma. This approach forms the basis of the problem solving process, also known as PRIDE, and involves five core concepts that guide the flow of the program.
PRIDE is intended to give you skills to monitor your asthma and identify asthma problems that may be associated with female hormones and women’s roles in the family and society. The program also aims to assist in strengthening communication between you and your health care providers to get the most out of your asthma treatment. After learning this method, you may discover that the problem solving process can also be applied to other areas of your life in which
you would like to make a change.
Monitoring your asthma symptoms and identifying triggers will help you take action to control your asthma. Again, welcome to the Women Breathe Free program.