A risk factor is something that raises the chances of getting a health problem. A woman can get endometriosis with or without the risks factors listed below. The chances of getting endomitriosis are greater in women who have many risk factors. Things that can raise the risk are:
The risk may be higher in women who:
Waiting to have children may raise the risk. Pregnancy hormones can slow or stop endometriosis.
Defects of the Uterus
Problems in the way the uterus was formed may cause blood flow issues. This can lead to endometriosis.
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Last reviewed September 2019 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Elliot Levine, MD
Last Updated: 11/17/2020