Endometriosis is a condition where cells that normally line the inside of the uterus (uterus) grow elsewhere in the body, most commonly on the ovaries or pelvic walls. The condition can cause endometriosis and fertility.
There are a number of possible causes of endometriosis, but some of the most common include:
– Inheriting a gene that increases your risk for developing endometriosis
– Having other health conditions that increase your risk of developing endometriosis
– Using certain types of birth control pills, including hormonal contraceptives, can increase your risk of developing endometriosis
– Having a previous pelvic surgery or infection that damaged the uterine lining
– Being exposed to environmental chemicals or radiation that can damage your reproductive system
– Having a baby early in life
Endometriosis can often be difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms can vary significantly from person to person. If you are experiencing significant pain and/or infertility, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider about your symptoms and see if you may be eligible for testing to determine if you have endometriosis.
Risk Factors for Endometriosis
There is no one definitive answer to this question, as the causes of endometriosis are still not fully understood. However, some possible risk factors for developing this condition include genetics, age, being female, having a high-risk pregnancy, and having a previous pelvic infection. Additionally, many women with endometriosis also experience pain during menstruation or during physical activity.