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Endocrine disruptors - chemicals that mimic or block hormone production and regulation - are a major issue. New research has identified the presence of these chemicals in cosmetics and beauty products as a contributor to the development of endometriosis. (If you have endometriosis already, these could make the disorder worse.)
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Ask Hannah: Your Questions about Endometriosis
Q. How is endometriosis diagnosed?
Endometriosis is diagnosed by laparoscopy - exploratory surgery. There is technically a blood test that can be utilized, but there are concerns that it does not identify all cases and is not generally utilized. Additionally, when endometriosis is diagnosed via laparoscopy, doctors can treat lesions on the spot. (More details on the procedure here.)
Q. What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a challenging condition to identify. Some women have no symptoms while others experiencing debilitating pain and excessive menstrual bleeding. Additionally, the severity of symptoms does not necessarily indicate the severity of the disorder. If you suspect that you may have endometriosis, definitely talk through your symptoms with your care provider.
Q. What causes endometriosis?
The exact cause is unknown, but a significant amount of research has connected environmental toxins with the development of endometriosis. Additionally, there may be genetic and autoimmune components of the disease. Unfortunately, there is a need for more research to better understand why this condition occurs.
Q. Can I get pregnant with endometriosis?
Yes! But unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer as to how long it will take. Your unique health history, combined with the severity of your case, will ultimately influence the timeline to pregnancy.
Q. Does endometriosis increase my risk for miscarriage or pregnancy complications?
There is an increased risk of miscarriage and pregnancy complications due to endometriosis. Speak with your care provider about how your endometriosis might impact pregnancy to better understand your unique risk factors.
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