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Reducing Your Risk of Endometriosis

Endometriosis cannot be prevented.

Breastfeeding 3 months or longer may lower the risk of endometriosis compared to not breastfeeding.


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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot Levine, MD  Last Updated: 11/17/2020