Early indicators for endometriosis

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Strong menstrual pains at an early age will double chances for endometriosis later in life a new study shows. This is from the same group of researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Cancer Laboratory who found last year that being overweight at 10 years of age doubles the risk of developing endometriosis later in life. Additionally, new data shows girls starting their period after 14 years old had a decreased chance of suffering from the disease.

More than 500 women were considered in the research making it one of the largest studies of its kind regarding the early indicators and common characteristics of those women who endure endometriosis. Information about early menstrual experiences in women with moderate to severe endometriosis was compared to a control group of women who were not diagnosed with the disease.

Ten percent of women suffer from endometriosis which causes severe pain and greatly reduced fertility. Symptoms can usually being managed with some success through pain medication, hormone therapy, surgery or some combination of all three.

“Although the relationship between menstrual characteristics and endometriosis has been studied extensively, most research has focused on the recent menstrual cycle characteristics of women with the disease. Our research is one of the first studies to look at the factors contributing to the development of endometriosis long before symptoms and diagnosis occur,” said Dr. Christina Nagle from QIMR.

“Our research aims to better understand the signs and symptoms before the disease develops and to help identify women at higher risk. Early intervention will result in better health outcomes,” continued Dr. Nagle.

Source: QIMR, Science Daily


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