Staging is a way of describing how mild or severe a condition is. The
stage of the
endometriosis is determined by looking at the
fallopian tubes, and
ovaries and inside the abdomen and lower pelvic area.
Usually, this is done with a viewing instrument inserted through a small
incision in the belly (laparoscopy). But endometriosis is
sometimes first found during surgery for an unrelated condition.
There is no way to prevent endometriosis. But there are several things that raise your risk of developing it:
Having a close relative with endometriosis, especially a mother or a sister.
Having a short menstrual cycle -- less than 25 days.
Having menstrual flow lasting more than a week.
Having heavy flow.
Having medical condition that blocks or constricts your cervix or vagina.
Having a birth defect of the uterus, such as a double uterus or a double cervix.