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Endometriosis

Let's Talk About Endometriosis

We've got the doctor-approved scoop on the causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with this challenging health condition easier.

    Our Pro PanelEndometriosis

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in endometriosis to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Ritchie Delara, M.D.

    Ritchie Delara, M.D.Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Aurora, CO
    Mary Jane Minkin, M.D.

    Mary Jane Minkin, M.D.Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services

    Yale School of Medicine
    New Haven, CT
    Stacey Missmer, Sc.D.

    Stacey Missmer, Sc.D.Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology

    Michigan State University
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Frequently Asked QuestionsEndometriosis

    Does the age I first got my period matter with endometriosis?

    Possibly. There’s some evidence that having your first period before age 11 increases your risk for endometriosis. But a study from France found that, among 789 women operated on for endometriosis, the age of their first period was not associated with the disease.

    Does menopause stop endometriosis?

    Not always. Even when the ovaries are no longer producing estrogen, there’s still some of the hormone circulating in the body. That’s especially true for women who take hormone replacement therapy. And in rare occasions, endometriosis can be discovered for the first time when a woman is post-menopausal.

    Can lifestyle changes help my endometriosis?

    It's possible. Exercise, a healthy diet, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine, and getting enough sleep may improve your symptoms. There’s also research suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish, as well as vitamin D supplements, can help.

    What if my doctor shrugs their shoulders to my pain?

    Women’s pain is chronically undervalued, and the unfortunate truth is that it’s on you to keep asking questions or switching doctors until you get the answers you need. The Society for Women’s Health Research says it takes the average woman seven doctor appointments before getting the correct diagnosis. Don’t give up!

    Marjorie Korn

    Marjorie Korn

    Marjorie Korn is a health, medicine, and features writer based in New York City. She is also a Narrative Medicine instructor at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.