Common contraceptive hormone could protect women from flu

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A hormone commonly found in contraceptive pills may protect women from the worst effects of flu and help repair lungs damaged by the illness, a new study reveals.Trials of progesterone, which is present in most forms of hormone-based birth control, appeared to stave off the worst effects of influenza in female mice.The unexpected finding by scientists at Johns Hopkins University indicates that the sex hormone may have an effect far beyond the reproductive system and may one day offer a viable flu treatment.Women of reproductive age are twice as likely as men to suffer from complications related to the flu virus. When women go on birth control, they don’t generally think about the health implications beyond stopping ovulationDr Sabra Klein, Johns Hopkins Universitylast_img

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