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Causes of Endometriosis

There are many theories that have been put forward to explain Endometriosis; however of these the implantation during menstruation is the most likely explanation.

The cause of endometriosis is not known, but a number of theories have been proposed.They are -

Implantation by retrograde menstruation - This is the most widely accepted theory which was postulated by Sampson. This theory suggests that the menstrual blood flows backwards through the fallopian tubes during menstruation and the endometrial cells get implanted into the peritoneal cavity.

Coelomic metaplasia (by Meyer) - This theory suggests that the potent cells in the abdomen and pelvis are transformed into endometrial tissue due to a variety of factors like inflammation, hormones and infection.

Dissemination through lymphatics and blood vessels (by Halban) suggests that endometrial cells enter the blood vessels and lymphatics and are carried to different sites.

Genetic predisposition - It has been shown that endometriosis has a familial tendency, as the first-degree relatives of women with this disease are more likely to develop it as well.

Immunological theory - suggests that endometriosis is an autoimmune disease and is due to a decreased immunity.


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I have had surgery for endometriosis over a year ago , and have really had not a lot af relief from it, I am now being put on some heavy drugs such as morphine, Im 22 and would love to have a baby in the next year or so but im so scared i wont be able to , more to the point does anyone go back to a normal sex life ever?! i feel im losing my partner , like we are not as close anymore . I hate this disease and am desperatley looking for some alternative therapies ? thanks sam
saminda89 Thursday, March 15, 2012
I found out i have endometriosis 5 months ago, i took the birth control but have had no improvement ;[ im trying to become pregnant but its so difficult having so much pain. is there any kind of diet i should be on? pleeease help!! ive suffered for 15 yrs now!
unicornkari Saturday, January 7, 2012
i am 23 years old. I have an abortion in aug 2009. thats my first pregnancy. and i didnt get periods for 4months. then i got a loop by a doctor because my endometic layer size is very thin. i used some pills of estrogen and progesterone for 4 months. now iam getting periods for 36 days cycle. i am continuing my loop now also. i am planning to remove my loop in aug 2012. is there any problem by continuing this loop for the next year also. i am planning to get pregnant in the next year itself. and its not possible to remove my loop in this year because i am in abroad now. suggest me, there is any problem to get pregnant and in my health as well as my child's health. is there any food to improve my health and periods cycle. suggest me please. but its not possible to come to india and remove the loop in this year. so i am planning to next year. suggest me please please. i think you can understand my problem and give better suggestion for me. many many thanks in advance.
chotu Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Endometriosis is one of the most difficult condtions. It often mimics other condtions and sometimes it is difficult to differntiate from cancer. The surgery of the condition is also difficult.
sunny1 Saturday, March 22, 2008
A couple of years ago I found outstanding results from treatments for endometriosis for my fibroids. It is also recommended for endometriosis. You may want to consider finding a Treatment of Endometriosis then explore the resources on treatments for endometriosis which include nutritional, complementary, and multi-disciplinary approaches to management of this condition.
adriabold Thursday, May 19, 2011
I had a hysterectomy 3 years ago and thats when my OBGYN found my endimetriosis and it has attached to my bowel and cannot be removed because it has hardened i also didnt know that it can still spread to any organ i am also at high risk for lupus, arthritis, and other stuff the only person i can talk to about it is my husband he is my rock i dont know what i'd do without him. Is there anyone I can talk to to help ease the worry of the things that i am high risk for. Thank you for letting me send a comment.
guest Monday, April 16, 2007
A very informative site. I particulary liked that you have been able to compile information like support groups in the world. I wish to know if there is a support group for Endometriosis available in India.
sunny1 Saturday, November 11, 2006

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