Okay, guys, please don’t be turned off to reading this because it applies only to women, you may well have a wife, mother or other loved one who can benefit from this information. This is flu season and we need all the help we can get. In case you need a booster, please check out my Page – How to fight the flu for more.
In mouse studies, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that progesterone – a female sex hormone contained in most forms of hormone-based birth control – appears to stave off the worst effects of influenza infection and, in an unexpected finding, help damaged lung cells to heal more quickly.
The findings, published in PLOS Pathogens, suggest that sex hormones have an effect far beyond the reproductive system and that progesterone may one day be a viable flu treatment for women.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 100 million young adult women around the world are on progesterone-based contraception. And women of reproductive age are twice as likely as men to suffer from complications related to the influenza virus. Continue reading