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
Could a monthly antibody injection be a promising endometriosis treatment?
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 […]
Gut microbiome may impact the progression of endometriosis
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. […]
Endometriosis: Cellular mapping study could lead to new treatments
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 […]
Study seeks to look for a better treatment for endometriosis
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. […]
Endometriosis associated with higher risk for endometrial hyperplasia and cancer
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 […]
Women with endometriosis may face higher risk of stroke
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 […]
How new endometriosis guidelines will improve diagnosis, treatment
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus grows outside the uterus. It affects around 190 million — or 10% — of women and girls of reproductive age worldwide. Although some people with endometriosis are asymptomatic, common symptoms include: painful cramping, similar to menstrual cramps long-term lower […]
Endometriosis and ovarian cancer genetically tied
University of Queensland researchers have demonstrated a genetic link between endometriosis and ovarian cancer subtypes enabling them to identify potential drug targets for therapy and increasing the understanding of both diseases. Previous studies have shown that endometriosis sufferers have a slightly increased risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer. Dr Sally Mortlock and Professor […]
Quality of life in women with deep infiltrating endometriosis and combined oral contraceptives
There are a number of effective treatments, but a recent study sought to investigate how well oral contraceptives in particular could help reduce symptoms—while preserving sexual quality of life—in women with particularly severe forms of endometriosis. Between 6% and 10% of women overall—and up to 50% of infertile women—experience some degree of endometriosis. […]
COVID-19 vaccine does not increase preterm delivery risk
A new study looking at more than 40,000 pregnant women adds new evidence supporting the safety of COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy. Pregnant women who contract COVID-19 have an increased risk of disease severity and death. Despite this, only 31% of pregnant people in the United States had received vaccines as of September 2021. One barrier […]