Certain risk factors can increase your chance of developing endometriosis. These risk factors include:

  • starting your period young (before 11)
  • a family history of endometriosis
  • heavy periods that last more than seven days
  • having your period more often (less than 27 days apart)
  • reproductive tract abnormalities 
  • any condition that prevents, blocks, or redirects the flow of your period
  • oestrogen levels that are higher than normal
  • not having any children
  • alcohol consumption
  • low body weight.

While risk factors may help to reach a diagnosis, anyone experiencing symptoms should consider endometriosis as the cause. People can have endometriosis and have none of the risk factors outlined.

Keep learning about endometriosis with the Epworth Endometriosis Guide – a free resource explaining symptoms, myths, diagnosis and treatment. 

Julia Argyrou Endometriosis Centre at Epworth

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