MYTH: Endo affects upper socioeconomic level; “career” women

Endo affects women from 8 to 80 years old at any socio-economic level.

Am I likely to get Endometriosis if my family member has it?

It is highly likely that certain genes predispose women to develop the disease. Thus, women have a higher risk of developing endometriosis if their mother and/or sister(s) are also affected. It is also likely that environmental factors influence whether a woman is affected: for example, in a few papers it has been suggested that endometriosis is caused by exposure to dioxin (an environmental pollutant), although to date there is no proven link.

What Causes Endometriosis?

There is no known cause or cure of endometriosis,

MYTH: Hysterectomy and removal of ovaries believed a cure

Combined with thorough excision, it may reduce or eliminate symptoms; but it is not a sure cure. (A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. By definition, endo is outside of the uterus so removing that organ will only reduce pain if the cause of it was coming from within the uterus. Many patients are told that removing their ovaries (oophorectomy) will cure them of the disease because hormones will be reduced. However, endo does have the capacity to produce its own hormones so some women will continue to experience symptoms even if they have all of their reproductive organs removed. In addition, losing one’s ovaries can have long-term health implications. It is far better to remove (excise) all endo than to remove organs.)

MYTH: It’s just bad periods

It’s not just a ‘bad’ period. If a girl’s / woman’s periods are very heavy and painful, causing her to regularly bleed through sanitary products, miss school, work, and be unable to lead a normal life, that isn’t acceptable and needs investigating

MYTH: Pregnancy considered a cure for Endometriosis

Pregnancy may reduce symptoms temporarily, but it is not a cure. Even those who find their symptoms temporarily suspended will normally have them resume soon after giving birth or stopping breastfeeding

MYTH: Considered only a hormonal disease

Now known to be hormonal, immunological, toxicological, and epigenetic (transferred through generations) disease

MYTH: Regarded as serious only when related to infertility; not linked to serious pain, illness, or increased risk for cancer

Now definitively linked to numerous cancers including deadly ovarian cancer, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and allergic diseases

MYTH: Endo is rare

Endo actually affects 1 out of every 10 women, making it a growing phenomenon

MYTH: Affects women in their 30s to 40s

Actually, Endometriosis affects females from 8 to 80 years old