QUESTION – In my puberty I had ovarian cyst which was removed 8 years ago. I was told that women with history of ovarian cyst removal could have endometriosis. Is it true? Is it so important for women health? Who is affected by endometriosis?
ANSWER from experts – Who is affected by endometriosis?
Endometrial lesions affects women in their reproductive years (about 20-40). The exact prevalence of endometrial implants is not known, since many women could have endometrial lesions without any symptoms.
Endometriosis is estimated to affect over one million women (estimates range from 3% to 18% of women) in the United States. It is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain and reasons for laparoscopic surgery and hysterectomy.
While most cases of endometrial lesions are diagnosed in women aged around 25-35 years, endometrial implants has been reported in girls as young as 11 years of age. Endometrial lesions is rare in postmenopausal women.
Who is affected by endometriosis?
Endometrial lesions are more commonly found in white women as compared with African American and Asian women. Studies further suggest that endometrial implants are most common in taller, thin women with a low body mass index (BMI).
Delaying pregnancy until an older age is also believed to increase the risk of endometrial lesions.
You are more likely to develop endometrial lesions if you:
* began getting your period at an early age
* have heavy periods
* have periods that last more than seven days
* have a short monthly cycle (27 days or less)
* have a close relative (mother, aunt, sister) with endometrial lesions
Some studies suggest that you may lower your chances of developing endometrial lesions if you exercise regularly and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.