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Understanding Endometriosis -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent Endometriosis?

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

Understanding Endometriosis

Find out more about endometriosis:

Basics

Symptoms

Diagnosis and Treatment

Prevention

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on March 02, 2015

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