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Do women with more menstrual cramps have a greater tendency to acquire endometriosis?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Severe menstrual cramps are one of the classic signs of endometriosis, especially if they are not relieved by medicines like Ibuprofen or naproxen.
The cramps may be a sign of "retrograde menstruation" which is thought to be a cause of endometriosis, or they may be a sign that endometriosis has already developed. Other signs of endometriosis are pain with intercourse or chronic pelvic pain.

In brief: Yes
Severe menstrual cramps are one of the classic signs of endometriosis, especially if they are not relieved by medicines like Ibuprofen or naproxen.
The cramps may be a sign of "retrograde menstruation" which is thought to be a cause of endometriosis, or they may be a sign that endometriosis has already developed. Other signs of endometriosis are pain with intercourse or chronic pelvic pain.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. Michael Fox
Fertility Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Agree
We are working on a paper that reports in teenagers who had bad periods (either keeping them from school or worse than peers), 100% have had endometriosis at laparoscopy.
In the older age groups such as 20's or 30's, most women don't have much pain and in fact, most present with infertility. Painful cycles in the older age group is usually due to adenomyosis, endo in the muscle of the uterus.

In brief: Agree
We are working on a paper that reports in teenagers who had bad periods (either keeping them from school or worse than peers), 100% have had endometriosis at laparoscopy.
In the older age groups such as 20's or 30's, most women don't have much pain and in fact, most present with infertility. Painful cycles in the older age group is usually due to adenomyosis, endo in the muscle of the uterus.
Dr. Michael Fox
Dr. Michael Fox
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