Truth, Theory, or Tall Tale?

fetus

Endometriosis is found in female fetuses.  So, wait, we could just be born with it?

Truth

So, one of the many theories out there about the origins and causes of Endometriosis is that you’re simply born with it.  It may not be widely accepted, but is there proof?  Yes.  In 2012, a study was published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology (you can read the entire article here) which studied the remains of 101 female fetuses.  In a separate 2009 study, they previously studied 49 of those fetuses; however, in this study they focused on the remaining 52 female fetuses.  Of those 52, four of the fetuses had “glandular structures outside the uterine cavity, clearly resembling the structure of the primitive endometrium and expressing estrogen receptor.”  These were found in the typical locations of Endometriosis: rectovaginal septum, the Douglas pouch, and near the wall of the uterus.  Combining the results of their 2009 study with their 2012 study: of the 101 fetuses examined, nine exhibited these traits.  That’s 9%.  Sound familiar?  One in every 10 women…

Of course, more research is needed, but it does feel good to read of some scientific proof to this theory.

2 thoughts on “Truth, Theory, or Tall Tale?

  1. Totally, right? The only gal in my family who has it was my grandmother on my father’s side. No other gals. But it’s a very interesting theory and now this study (albeit a few years old, I only ran across it today, so it’s new to me haha). You should mention it to your repro. immun. and see what he/she says! And have a GREAT day!

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