After a study of over 170,000 women in Denmark, researchers have revealed that tall and slim girls are at a higher risk of endometriosis.
The study began with girls who were 7 to 13 years and lasted for many decades.
In undertaking the study, the researchers examined the relationship between endometriosis and the Body Mass Index (BMI).
They discovered that, compared with girls who were slim and tall, girls who had a higher BMI in childhood had a lower risk of endometriosis. That is, slimmer and taller girls were prone to endometriosis as they grew up.
What is Endometriosis?
Causing painful periods and sometimes infertility, endometriosis is a health problem in women whereby the tissue responsible for lining the uterus (womb) grows outside the uterus. Instead of lining the womb, the tissue grows on the ovaries, bowel, fallopian tubes or even outside the pelvic region.
How common is it?
World Endometriosis Research Foundation estimated that globally, 1 in 10 women experience endometriosis during their reproductive years.
What are the common symptoms?
The most common symptom is pelvic pain. Other symptoms are painful periods, heavy periods, painful sex and infertility.
Can it be treated?
Endometriosis itself has no cure but its symptoms, especially the pain it causes, can be treated. Treatment can be medications, therapy or even surgery depending on the severity of the condition.