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What Increases Your Risk

Your risk of endometriosis is higher if:

  • You are between puberty and menopause (around age 50). After estrogen levels drop at menopause, your risk disappears.
  • Your mother or sister has or had endometriosis. This makes it more likely you will have severe symptoms. This risk seems to be passed on by the mother.
  • Your menstrual cycles are less than 28 days.
  • Your menstrual flow is longer than 7 days.
  • You started menstruation before age 12.
  • You have never been pregnant.
  • Your uterus, cervix, or vagina has an abnormal shape that blocks or slows menstrual flow.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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