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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 on March 02, 2015

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