Your appearance can predict your risk of endometriosis

Endometriosis can be a painful condition that plagues many women for years.

It’s difficult to treat and difficult to diagnose – but an expert has now said there may be a way to ‘calculate’ who might be suffering from the disease.

The condition refers to when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the abdomen.

Common symptoms include pain during intercourse, heavy periods, infertility and excessive menstrual cramps – one in ten women worldwide are believed to have the disease.

It can also hinder infertility, and in an attempt to remove this obstacle for women, an expert creates an ‘endo calculator’.

Dr Charlotte Reddington, a researcher at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Australia, is studying biological markers in women that could suggest they are more likely to develop the disease.

So far in his research, Dr Reddington said indicators such as your hair and eye color can make a difference in whether or not you have the condition.

She also discovered that a woman’s body mass index (BMI) could help determine this.

BMI is a measurement that uses both your height and your weight to determine if you are at a healthy weight.

Dr Reddington said the distance between the vagina and anus, which is an indicator of estrogen exposure, could also be a factor.

In many cases, endometriosis can only be detected by surgery, which can be painful and the effectiveness of which is not always guaranteed.

“We would really like people to have a better idea of ​​the risks of endometriosis before doing surgery.

“We’re trying to create this calculator based on people’s symptoms and other demographics: their age, height and weight, as well as genetic factors,” Dr Reddington told The Age.

She said her team wanted to combine the factors in order to make a more informed calculation about the risk of endometriosis.

Other experts have said tests like this could help women who are struggling to get pregnant.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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