There are questions about endometriosis that appear frequently in Nancy’s Nook Facebook page. Here are some of the topics that have come up frequently or reappear from time to time, and the responses that were compiled. Check back again as more questions get answered or updated!

Myths and Misinformation

There are several red flags of perpetual myths to watch for when evaluating information about endometriosis. Here are a few to be aware of: “Hysterectomy is the definitive treatment for endometriosis.” Or variations of this theme: “Removing your uterus and/or

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Is endometriosis an autoimmune disease?

Medical News Today. (2019). Is endometriosis an autoimmune disease?. Retrieved from  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326108#summary  “Experts do not classify endometriosis as an autoimmune disease. However, endometriosis may increase a person’s risk of developing an autoimmune disease, as well as other chronic conditions. The reason for the

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Does endometriosis increase my risk of cancer?

Poole, E. M., Lin, W. T., Kvaskoff, M., De Vivo, I., Terry, K. L., & Missmer, S. A. (2017). Endometriosis and risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers in a large prospective cohort of US nurses. Cancer Causes & Control, 28(5), 437-445. Retrieved

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Is There Microscopic or Occult Endometriosis

Redwine, D. B. (2003). ‘Invisible’microscopic endometriosis: a review. Gynecologic and obstetric investigation, 55(2), 63-67. Retrieved from https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/70176  “Endometriosis can have very subtle visual appearances. All theories of origin imply some early and presumably tiny form of the disease which potentially cannot be

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Is there a genetic component to endometriosis?

Is there a genetic component to endometriosis? According to various studies, there is. (You can find links to several of these studies, including the ones below, in Origin Theories of Endometriosis.) This past week someone asked if there is an increased

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What effects can long term low estrogen cause?

An often used treatment for endometriosis is to lower the estrogen in a woman’s body via hormonal suppression. Birth control can mimic a pregnancy state, while other treatments, such as gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa), can mimic a menopausal state. So

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