Getting Pregnant Naturally and EndometriosisI've known so many women with endometriosis and I, too, had a few areas of endometriosis removed.
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Endometriosis can cause or contribute to infertility by causing scar tissue. I knew a woman who had a severe case of endometriosis and as a result, her pelvic organs were all hooked together. So, what causes it, and is there any way to avoid it? Here is an informative article that talks about the symptoms of this condition, how it is diagnosed and treated:
Endometriosis By M. Rosenthal
From the article:
"What Causes Endometriosis?
Nobody knows for certain what causes endometriosis, but currently environmental factors are identified as the chief cause. Recently, a laundry list of man-made chemicals, called organochlorines, have been found to be breaking down in the environment into a substance that mimics estrogen. These "environmental estrogens" as they're called, are being linked to an alarming increase in estrogen-dependent conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, and a variety of reproductive cancers. Dioxins, in particular, have been linked to endometriosis. In a University of South Florida study, female monkeys fed very small amounts of dioxins went on to develop moderate to severe endometriosis within four years.
This estrogen theory is backed up by a few other facts. Men taking estrogen tend to develop endometriosis, while women born to mothers who took the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol) tend to have an increased incidence of this disease.
There are a few other worthwhile theories. One is the theory of retrograde menstruation, also known as the transtubal migration theory. During menstruation, some of the menstrual tissue backs up into the fallopian tubes, is implanted in the abdomen, and grows. Some researchers believe that all women experience some menstrual tissue backup, which is normally taken care of by their immune systems. An immune system problem or hormonal problem allows this tissue to take root and develop into endometriosis.
Another theory suggests that the endometrial tissue is distributed from the uterus to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or blood system. A genetic theory suggests that it may be carried in the genes of certain families, or that certain families may be predisposed to the disease.
The most interesting theory proposes that remnants of the woman's embryonic tissue (from when she herself was an embryo) may later develop into endometriosis, or that some adult tissues retain the ability they had in the embryo stage to transform into reproductive tissue under certain circumstances.
Surgical transplantation of endometrial tissue has been cited as the cause in cases where endometriosis is found in abdominal surgery scars. This latter theory is certainly not possible if endometriosis occurs when surgery doesn't!"