What Causes Endometriosis?

HypnotherapyAt this point in time we do not know what causes endometriosis. When considering the origin and manifestation of a disease we need to consider the factors that determine whether a woman develops the condition or not and, of those women who do develop the disease, the factors that determine how severe her disease ultimately is (how symptomatic, how aggressive, how invasive and how extensive).

Until now several theories of the origin and disease manifestation of endometriosis have been proposed. The aim of a theory of origin is to present an explanation that adequately accommodates all that we know about the disease. Generally the best-fit theory is adopted and used to guide and predict treatments and outcomes. Over time if new information becomes available the best-fit theory may be surpassed or replaced by another competing theory or alternatively may be adapted in order to accommodate the new findings.

Sampson's theory of retrograde menstruation
Immune dysfunction theory
Theory of Mülleriosis
Embryonic rest theory
Stem cell theory
Theories of lymphatic and vascular spread
Coelomic metaplasia theory
Genetic factors
Environmental toxins

As you can see, various theories have been proposed to explain the origin and presentation of endometriosis. The question of what causes this disease and why some women present with more advanced and aggressive disease than others is far from simple. At this point in time we do not have all the answers. Most likely a complex interplay between several of the above described theories ultimately holds the key to fully unraveling the cause and in turn the cure of this enigmatic disease.

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What Causes Endometriosis?
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There are different theories on what causes endometriosis. There are many contributing factors including genetic, environmental and lifestyle.
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[…] The causes of endometriosis have not yet been discovered. While there are multiple theories, none have been confirmed yet. For a great overview of the different theories, I recommend the Vital Health Institute’s overview. […]

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What Causes Endometriosis?
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There are different theories on what causes endometriosis. There are many contributing factors including genetic, environmental and lifestyle.

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Summary
Article Name
What Causes Endometriosis?
Description
There are different theories on what causes endometriosis. There are many contributing factors including genetic, environmental and lifestyle.