Endometriosis Facts

Written by Amy Hall
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Finally research and medicine have come up with endometriosis facts that are based on science, though there is still much mystery as to this gynecological disease. What is known is that there seems to be a genetic link to this disease. A woman who has a mother and/or a sister with endometriosis is twice as likely to develop this disease herself. Other theories point towards an immunological weakness that allows endometrial tissues to grow outside of their normal environment, which is, of course, the uterus.

Exposure to toxins is also a suggested cause of endometriosis, as is retrograde menstruation, which refers to menstrual blood flowing backwards into the fallopian tubes instead of downwards through the vagina. Many doctors believe that any woman that is at risk of developing endometriosis should consider going on birth control pills to reduce her risks of developing this disease. Furthermore, pregnancy before the age of 35 may be able to ward off the onset of this disease as well, as ovulation does not occur during gestation.

Endometriosis--Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

It is important for women with endometriosis to realize that they are not to blame for this chronic condition. Endometriosis can strike women of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages. Typically this disease strikes during a woman's reproductive years, between the ages of 15 and 40, however it can manifest itself earlier or later. Pregnancy and menopause both seem to put this disease into remission, though the introduction of hormone replacement therapy can re-ignite symptoms.

If your gut is telling you that something is not right, see your doctor right away. Endometriosis is a real disease that can cause severe damage internally. Any symptoms you may be feeling are legitimate, and your doctor will need to know about them in order to make an accurate diagnosis. If you catch endometriosis early on, you can greatly reduce the risk of developing damaging internal scarring.

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