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Is endometriosis hereditary

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes sometimes

I have definitely had patients who have siblings and mothers, and even maternal grandmothers, all in the same family, with endometriosis.
While it's not a given that if your mother had endometriosis, you will have it; if she had it, it likely puts you at slightly increased risk of having it.

In brief: Yes sometimes

I have definitely had patients who have siblings and mothers, and even maternal grandmothers, all in the same family, with endometriosis.
While it's not a given that if your mother had endometriosis, you will have it; if she had it, it likely puts you at slightly increased risk of having it.
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Not exactly

Endometriosis isn't hereditary like eye color or blood type.
It doesn't follow simple genetics. But it does seem to run in some families and there probably are hereditary factors that predispose to it. It would be more like diabetes. You may have a predisposition due to heredity but watching your weight and exercising may prevent you from developing diabetes.

In brief: Not exactly

Endometriosis isn't hereditary like eye color or blood type.
It doesn't follow simple genetics. But it does seem to run in some families and there probably are hereditary factors that predispose to it. It would be more like diabetes. You may have a predisposition due to heredity but watching your weight and exercising may prevent you from developing diabetes.
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