In recent studies, women were found to have lower morbidity and mortality rates for COVID-19 as compared to males.
One study in China showed that the death rate for men with COVID was 2.8 percent, while it was only 1.7 percent for women.
It has become obvious that sufficient hormone levels and ovulation lead to lower severe case rates, lower morbidity and mortality outcomes in women suffering from COVID-19
A recent study in Tongji hospital from January 2020 to March 2020, found that non-menopausal female patients had milder severity, fewer hospitalizations, and better outcomes compared with age-matched men. In fact, menopause was an independent risk-factor for COVID-19.
Both anti-müllerian hormone (AMH) and estradiol (E2) showed a negative correlation with the severity of the infection. In addition.,, estradiol regulates cytokines related to immunity and inflammation.
Identifying ovulation and hormone levels as important factors in managing COVID-19 opens up new possibilities for treatment, even for women who don’t ovulate regularly and have low levels of estrogen.
We live in a world that sometimes teaches that female hormones and ovulation should be suppressed because of its inconvenience, but it is clear to see why the underlying conditions are never addressed.
Through education programs like FEMM, (Fertility Education & Medical Management) women can break the cycle of unhealthy hormone levels and work with FEMM trained doctors and nurses to significantly improve not just their reproductive health but their general health.
Although FEMM education existed before the COVID-19 pandemic, it did serve as a reminder that there is a huge need for reproductive health education and it can never be separated from overall health and well-being.
What if the next breakthroughs in COVID-19 came through studies in reproductive health?
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