Female Hormones and COVID-19
Published: 14th December 2020
Quite naturally in the current climate, most of us spend a significant amount of our time now thinking about COVID-19 and the impact it has had on so many lives in different ways.
As well as a medical degree, I also have a degree in Immunology, and for several years I've been very interested in the many different roles estrogen has in improving the way our cells that fight infections work. We have estrogen receptors on all of these cells and when they are stimulated by estrogen then they work much more efficiently.
It has been known from the outset of the pandemic that men are more likely to die and have a more severe infection with COVID-19 than women. Some of this is very likely to be associated to the protective effect women have when they have estrogen in their bodies.
There has still be very little research done in this area as women's health generally is not a priority for research, but an analysis of electronic health records of nearly 70,000 patients who tested positive for COVID-19, from 17 countries, has shown that...
...women taking HRT were more than 50% less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to women not taking HRT.
I was recently asked to write an article to discuss this in more detail and to explore how low hormone levels can be associated with long Covid. The content of the article is most definitely food for thought and will hopefully be shared far and wide.
Dr Louise Newson
Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was launched in 2018 by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised and holistic treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, both via remote consultations and in-person at clinics in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and Lymm, Cheshire.
A passionate and tireless campaigner for better menopause care for all women, Dr Newson has also founded the Menopause Doctor website, The Menopause Charity, the balance app, Newson Health Research and Education and written a best-selling Haynes Manual on Menopause.
The Menopause Doctor website is a free resource providing a huge amount of unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women and healthcare professionals. The site has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library for menopause. Visit www.menopausedoctor.co.uk.
The Menopause Charity was founded in 2020, with trustees including sustainable health expert Professor Matthew Cripps and media ambassadors Davina McCall, Lorraine Kelly, Liz Earle and Meg Mathews. The charity has many exciting plans to help women and their families and colleagues with the challenges caused by the menopause, including an educational website, professionally staffed helpline and fundraising for research activities. Visit www.themenopausecharity.org.
‘balance’ is a free app that was developed to enable women to track their symptoms, access personalised expert content, share stories and lots more. Get the balance app at www.balance-app.com.
Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation from which all profits are invested back into the business. A Confidence in Menopause educational platform has been developed specifically for healthcare professionals and can be found at https://www.fourteenfish.com/menopause/subscribe
The Haynes Manual on Menopause is a definitive guide to help women, their partners and families cut through the plethora of misinformation and take a straightforward look at menopause. Find out more at www.newsonhealth.co.uk/resources/menopause-manual.