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Who Is At Risk For Endometriosis?

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:05

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Several factors make a woman more likely to develop endometriosis:

  • Age - Endometriosis occurs most commonly in women between the ages of 25 and 44. It can also occur in teenagers, although this is less common. Women who have given birth after the age of 30 may also be more prone to develop it.
  • Race - Endometriosis occurs more commonly in Caucasian women, although it can affect women of any race.
  • Family History - Endometriosis seems to run in some families. It is more common in first-degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter) of women who have had the condition.
  • Congenital Birth Defect - Women born with an abnormal uterus may be more likely to develop endometriosis.
  • Infertility - As many as 25 to 50 percent of infertile women may have endometriosis, which can physically interfere with conception. So, in addition to endometriosis causing infertility, it has also been suggested that infertility may increase susceptibility to endometriosis.

Nice To Know:

Because endometriosis often takes many years to produce symptoms, some experts believe that the process that causes endometriosis may begin much earlier - perhaps shortly after a woman begins menstruating. Because the disease often progresses slowly, it may not cause symptoms and may not be diagnosed until the woman is in her 30s.

 

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