It is already the leading cause of infertility. If that's not enough, new research is linking Endometriosis now to a bunch of other health problems. Endometriosis happens when the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, attaching itself to organs and frequently causing pain, bleeding and reproductive trouble.
A study in the European Journal, human reproduction, followed more than 3,500 women with the condition and found that auto-immune diseases, in which the body attacks it's own tissues, were much more common in women with Endometriosis than in those without the condition. Among the illnesses, allergies, Asthma, Hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Researchers say this sends a message to doctors to take a closer look at patinets who are suffering with Endometriosis. The study also found 20% of the women with Endometriosis had more than one of the other diseases like Asthma or Fibromyalgia. Researchers say most women live with Endometriosis for 10 years before they get a correct diagnosis. They say it's important to get an early diagnosis to help sort out other possible health problems. It's estimated that Endometriosis affects an estimated 8 to 10% of women of reproductive age.
For more information about endometriosis contact: 1-800-992-3636 or ( click here) the research was conducted by a team from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, the school of public health and health services at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and the Endometriosis Association in Milwaukee and is published in the European Medical Journal Human Reproduction.
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