Table 2

 Asthma and hay fever according to menopause in 1527 women aged 46–54 years (women using HRT were excluded)

Premenopausal (n = 1103)(%)Postmenopausal (n = 424)(%)OR (95% CI)*p value
*From logistic regression models with adjustment for smoking, BMI, age, centre, and social class.
†Asthma medication and/or asthma attacks in the last 12 months.
‡Wheeze in the last 12 months.
§Symptoms included: wheeze, wheeze with shortness of breath, wheeze without cold, waking with tightness in chest, waking with shortness of breath, waking with cough, asthma attacks, current asthma medication.
**Waking with tightness in chest or waking with shortness of breath.
††Hay fever or nasal allergies.
‡‡Asthma and hay fever.
Asthma† (0.57 to 1.55)0.8
Wheeze‡17211.18 (0.85 to 1.14)0.3
Three or more asthma symptoms§13161.11 (0.76 to 1.63)0.6
Night symptoms**13171.36 (0.96 to 1.93)0.088
Hay fever††23210.97 (0.71 to 1.32)0.8
Allergic asthma‡‡ (0.26 to 1.13)0.1