Originally Posted by Rhoda
Now I'm in my 50s and have had one cold in two years, even as a lot of people in my office are battling the same long-running cold for weeks and weeks. I tell them it's the chlorine, killing all the bacteria in my upper respiratory tract. Especially after my epic battles with the flip turn.
Oddly, this resistance to infections seems to have started with menopause. Go figure.
It may not be that odd!
If men have a lower frequency of colds than women, that is presumably due to differences in their biochemistry. And it is therefore possible that the change in a woman's biochemistry that occurs at menopause shifts it in such a way as to provide more or less the same protection against colds that is provided by men's biochemistry.