If not treated, the lesions may increase in numbers and seriousness, while the symptoms of endometriosis may get worse. In addition, it’s known that women who suffer from the disease also have increased risk of developing other conditions. Cancer is among these diseases, particularly ovarian cancer, despite the fact that they are two separate diseases. While the reasons for the correlation are not completely understood, researchers believe that since endometriosis is the reason for infertility in 50% of women who cannot conceive, conceiving and giving birth is known to offer some protection against ovarian cancer.
Research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed that endometriosis patients are at an increased risk of suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, under-active thyroid, and rheumatoid arthritis compared to healthy women. With pain and fatigue among the common of endometriosis, one in every three patients are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, and one in every five with another second disease.
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