For the last thirty years I have been treating patients with endometriosis, a mysterious disease that affects one in ten women.
The purpose of this site is to provide reliable and up-to-date information, dispelling the myths and misinformation surrounding the disease.
There is a 7-12 year delay in the diagnosis of endometriosis. Informed patients can recognize the symptoms of the disease and seek the help of their gynecologist without losing valuable time.
Jacob Soussis MD, MSc, FRCOG
There are multiple factors that contribute to an average endometriosis diagnosis taking eight years. Endometriosis is a chronic condition that can cause intense pain in several circumstances, including during menstruation and sexual intercourse. It can be challenging for some people to receive a prompt diagnosis of endometriosis. Recent research found that several […]
Endometriosis is linked to a reduction in fertility in the years preceding a definitive surgical diagnosis of the condition, according to new research published in Human Reproduction, one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals. In the first study to look at birth rates in a large group of women who eventually received a surgical […]
Researchers found that nearly two-thirds of patients with endometriosis have elevated levels of certain bacterium around their uterus, compared to less than 10 percent of people without the condition. After giving antibiotics to mice with endometriosis, the researchers saw that both the levels of the bacteria and the formation of endometriosis-related lesions were reduced. […]
A large-scale genetic study of endometriosis has been carried out to better understand its link to other inflammatory and chronic conditions. Published in Nature Genetics, the study analysed the genomes of 60,674 women with endometriosis and 701,926 healthy controls of European, American, Australian and Japanese ancestry to elucidate the mechanism behind known links between endometriosis […]
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), endometriosis affects around 10% of people who menstruate, some 190 million people globally. Symptoms, including severe pain during menstruation, heavy menstrual bleeding, back and pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, and, in some people, problems with fertility, occur when tissue similar to the endometrium, or uterine lining, grows […]
A new study has found gut microbiota may play a pivotal role in the progression of endometriosis in an animal model. Uterine microbiota, on the other hand, did not seem to affect the progression of endometriosis in mice. Researchers found microbiota-derived metabolites—or products made by microbes—were significantly altered in the feces of mice with endometriosis. […]
Researchers have analyzed almost 400,000 cells in order to build a detailed profile of endometriosis. Endometriosis affects roughly 10% of people who menstruate. In endometriosis, tissue similar to the uterine lining grows elsewhere in the body, causing painful, heavy periods, abdominal and pelvic pain, and a range of other symptoms. More research is […]
Up to 15% of women of reproductive age in the United States suffer from endometriosis, a condition characterized by pelvic pain, menstrual cramps and infertility. Endometriosis develops when tissue like the lining on the inside of the womb grows outside of the uterus. This growth may swell and bleed, leading to pain and other symptoms. […]
The risks for endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer were significantly higher in women with than without endometriosis. The risks were higher in women aged <45 years and in those with BMI <23 kg/m2. Why this matters Findings suggest that periodic surveillance of the endometrium in women with endometriosis is needed, as it can result in […]
A new, large prospective study analyzed data of 112,056 women over 28 years. Using models to adjust for potential confounding factors, the study concluded that women with endometriosis had a 34% greater risk of stroke. About 10% of women of reproductive age are known to have endometriosis, which is a chronic and often painful condition […]