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Health Not just 'skinny' women get endometriosis

22:51  12 june  2018
22:51  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Obese women are more likely to have severe forms of the painful condition endometriosis . Lead researcher Dr Sarah Holdsworth-Carson, from the Royal Women 's Hospital and University of Melbourne says the research corrects the idea that only ' skinny ' women get endometriosis .

Obese women are more likely to have severe endometriosis , a misunderstood condition that impacts one-in-10 women , an Australian study has found. The study of 500 women with surgically confirmed endometriosis found women with a healthy body mass index were more likely to have

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The study of 500 women with surgically confirmed endometriosis found women with a healthy body mass index were more likely to have endometriosis, however, obese women were more likely to have severe forms of the painful condition that affects the reproductive organs.

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Endometriosis is more common in women who are having fertility issues, but it does not necessarily cause infertility. Of those whom do, the most common symptoms include: Pain (usually pelvic) that usually occurs just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation.

Endometriosis happens when the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. It may affect more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44.1 It is especially common among women in their 30s and 40s and may make it harder to get pregnant.

The average disease severity score of obese women was two times higher than that of healthy weight women, according to the findings published in the Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders.

Lead researcher Dr Sarah Holdsworth-Carson, from the Royal Women's Hospital and University of Melbourne says the research corrects the idea that only 'skinny' women get endometriosis.

"There's been a social dogma that's arisen that has basically started to describe endometriosis as a disease of skinny women," explained Dr Holdsworth-Carson.

That's not the case and endometriosis should not be excluded among overweight or obese women presenting with symptoms, she said.

The findings also add to evidence the condition is linked to a woman's metabolism.

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Discover endometriosis symptoms and treatments. Most women will have pain relief after this is done, but recurrence of endometriosis symptoms occurs in about 45% of women a year later. Laparoscopic surgery to remove growths can help affected women get pregnant.

typically takes women about seven to 10 physician visits to finally get the correct diagnosis, probably because menstrual pain is often written off as just "I remember one doctor asked me if my mental health was OK because it's like an invisible pain," says one woman living with endometriosis in the

"It is too soon to say that lifestyle changes may reduce endometriosis severity or frequency in obese women as more research is necessary to investigate the long-term effects of obesity on women with endometriosis," Dr Holdsworth-Carson said.

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But for women with endometriosis , that tissue escapes the uterus and attaches to other parts of the body, like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, exterior of the These splattered, displaced tissues swell and fill with blood during your menstrual cycle ( just like they would in the uterus) but without a clear route to

Now we know that skinny women and beautiful women have it. We’ve come a long way since endometriosis was first discovered in 1860. We now know that slim women have a greater risk of developing endometriosis and that women with recto-vaginal endometriosis (the rarest/most

"But this is further evidence to support a link with metabolism, as we already know that women with endometriosis are more likely to have high cholesterol. However, we are yet to understand if that has a long-term impact on their cardiovascular health."

Despite its prevalence, there are limited treatment options for women with endometriosis, as diagnosis usually can only be made by surgery and it can take many years before women are diagnosed.

It's hoped the new understanding of the disease will help identify those women most at risk and improve diagnosis and intervention.

"This study has important clinical applications, with surgeons now aware of the need to provide more time for surgery in obese women as they are more likely to have extensive endometriosis requiring removal," Dr Holdsworth-Carson said.

In April federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced a national action plan for endometriosis to identify gaps in education among medical professionals and the wider community as well as support and care for sufferers.

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