Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. While the exact cause of endometriosis is not known, there are several risk factors that have been identified:
- Family history: Women with a family history of endometriosis are more likely to develop the condition themselves.
- Age: Endometriosis most commonly affects women of reproductive age, typically between the ages of 25 and 40.
- Menstrual history: Women who have shorter menstrual cycles or longer periods are at a higher risk for endometriosis.
- Reproductive history: Women who have never given birth, have infertility issues or have a late pregnancy are at a higher risk for endometriosis.
- Health history: Women with certain health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases or thyroid disorders, may be at a higher risk for endometriosis.
- Environmental factors: Exposure to environmental toxins, such as dioxins and PCBs, may increase the risk of endometriosis.
It’s important to note that having one or more of these risk factors does not necessarily mean a woman will develop endometriosis, and some women with no known risk factors may still develop the condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, such as pelvic pain or painful periods, you should talk to your doctor.