Truth, Theory, or Tall Tale?

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Endometriosis is hereditary.

Theory

Many conditions are passed down from generation to generation…something in the genes.  But is Endometriosis passed down from generation to generation, effectively cursing the female members of a bloodline?  Yes and no.  If your mother, sister, or aunt have Endometriosis, you have a greater chance of having it yourself.  But are you guaranteed to have Endo if your close female relative has it? No.  And a lot of Endo sufferers do not have a family member with Endo.

If you have Endo, are you going to pass it on to your daughter?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

The good news?  There are ongoing studies to identify the genetic markers and risks of Endometriosis.  One day they’ll figure this out.

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Women’s Health

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