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Does endometriosis run in families?

Does endometriosis run in families?

Absolutely: Very often however, older women will have not gotten a diagnosis of endometriosis but will have a long history of pain or hard periods and their daughters will have the same, starting in their early teens and everyone will just think that "its just what women in our family have as their periods" and no one will consider endometriosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


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Endometriosis and reproductive cancer run in my family. Will that have a detrimental effect on my reproductive system?

Endometriosis and reproductive cancer run in my family.  Will that have a detrimental effect on my reproductive system?

Maybe: That is difficult to predict. Some women with endometriosis have infertility and pelvic pain and other have no problems. Reproductive cancer can for obvious reasons disrupt childbearing but most cancers occur after women typically have children. So in general you should speak to you doctor about your individual risks and understand what you may do to protect yourself. ...Read more

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Endometriosis runs in my family. Does it mean i could get it?

Possible: Endometriosis does run in families, but by no means does that mean that you will inevitably get it. Let's keep our fingers crossed that you don't! ...Read more

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What are the chances of me having endometriosis if it runs in my family going back 4 generations? I'm 29 about to be 30.

What are the chances of me having endometriosis if it runs in my family going back 4 generations? I'm 29 about to be 30.

Painful periods : Endometriosis is not diagnosed by family history. If you have recurrent painful periods every month then you should be evaluated for this very common problem regardless of your familial history. ...Read more

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Can u have endometriosis if no one in your family has it or is it not inherited?

Can u have endometriosis if no one in your family has it or is it not inherited?

Yes: Endometriosis affects 15% of women. There is a genetic predisposition but that is not a requirement for developing this frequently troublesome gynecologic disorder. ...Read more

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Okay, so I am in my younger teens, endometriosis runs in my family. I am worried that I might have it. My pain is very bad and my flow is heavy. ?

Endometriosis: Endometriosis does have a genetic predisposition. If you haven't seen a gynecologist then it is time to discuss your pain and periods. You might need to be on birth control to control your period flow and something for the pain. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with endometriosis. Im thinking about a family but I'm not sure if I can even get pregnant. What surgeries are there for endometriosis. ?

Diagnosed with endometriosis. Im thinking about a family but I'm not sure if I can even get pregnant. What surgeries are there for endometriosis. ?

Surgery last: Surgery is usually the last resort for endometriosis and involves removing the endometrial tissue that has migrated to other areas, causing pain and affecting fertility. This diagnois does not mean you will not be able to have children and if you are looking to get pregnant at this time it should not stop you. Make sure your prenatals have been on board for several months and no tobacco/ETOH. ...Read more

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History of endometriosis in my family.. I've always had bad cramps. But my period is usually light when I have them.. Whats the symptoms otherwise?

History of endometriosis in my family.. I've always had bad cramps. But my period is usually light when I have them.. Whats the symptoms otherwise?

Endometriosis: Endometriosis can run in families. The classic symptoms are menstrual cramps, pain with intercourse, pain while going to the bathroom, and infertility. There are other symptoms that are less common as well. ...Read more

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I am having the worse cramps that I am crying, back pain (lower), and heaviest period I have ever encountered.. Endometriosis runs in family. Help?

I am having the worse cramps that I am crying, back pain (lower), and heaviest period I have ever encountered.. Endometriosis runs in family. Help?

Many options: There are multiple options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Your Obgyn can do an exam and determine if an endometriosis evaluation is needed ...Read more

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Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Does having breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in family history increase one's risk of endometriosis?

Endo: Having family history of ovarian, colon and uterine cancer specially if these are first degree relatives will put you at risk for cancer not for endometriosis. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor and ask about a brca genetic testing to see if you are a carrier of the gene associated with these types of cancer. ...Read more

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Stubborn weight problem meds are omeprazoe certirizine senna simvastatin have IBS and GERD had endometriosis hysterectomy no HRT due to cancer family ?

Stubborn weight problem meds are omeprazoe certirizine senna simvastatin have IBS and GERD had endometriosis hysterectomy no HRT due to cancer family ?

Metabolic problem: Many people that are overweight have a problem with their metabolism. If you are on all of these drugs, than there is a good chance that you have a metabolic problem underlying your weight gain. A few common imbalances include hypothyroid, low testosterone, low progesterone, high cortisol, high insulin, high estrogen, high leptin, low msh. You should see your doctor to check these out. ...Read more

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24 with very irregular painful and heavy periods. Hot flashes. Painful intercourse. Low sex drive. Family history: premature menopause & endometriosis

24 with very irregular painful and heavy periods. Hot flashes. Painful intercourse. Low sex drive. Family history: premature menopause & endometriosis

Too young: Menopause prior to age 40 is considered to be premature so you are too young for a normal menopause but there is no way to be too young for premature menopause. To know whether this is what you are experiencing you need to know what caused it in your family members and you need to be seen for a full history, exam, and appropriate testing. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis hereditary

Is endometriosis hereditary

Yes.: Not all patients with endometriosis have a family history, but many do. If you are having pelvic pain, severe pain with your periods or pain on penetration with intercourse, you should see your gynecologist. While you can not see endometriosis on an ultrasound, you can see other sources of pelvic pain. Robotic laparoscopic surgery is the best way to see endometriosis. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis be cured?

Managed: Cured might be a stretch. It can be surgicaly treated and removed, and medically managed. With treatment, the symptoms can be minimized or eliminated. ...Read more

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How painful is endometriosis?

Variable: In some women, even a large amount of endometriosis causes no pain. In other women a small amount causes significant pain. Women feel a variety of different pain symptoms and the severity is different from person to person. It can be debilitating or it can be very mild. ...Read more

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