Endometriosis is a medical condition characterized by the growth of endometrial cells somewhere else instead of the inside of the uterus.
More precisely, instead of a layer of endometriosis lining on the inside of the uterus expelled, known as menstruation blood on the last stage of the menstrual cycle, some of the endometriosis tissues grow somewhere else in the body.
Most common endometriosis tissues are diagnosed within the pelvic region, on the lining of peritoneum, in the ovaries, and on the surface of the uterus's an outside wall. However, endometriosis has also been found in the fallopian tubes, the cervix, the vagina, and even the vulva.
According to the statistics, 20% of reproductive age women with endometriosis present without symptoms, 55% of women who have developed the new onset of severe menstrual cramps.
Additonally, endometriosis also induce sub-fertility (less fertile than a normal couple) in 25% of women.
The retrograde menstruation theory suggests that during menstruation the blood flows backward instead of outward, causing menstrual blood to go through the fallopian tubes to the pelvic and abdominal cavity
Normally, the immune will destroy endometrial cells which are located outside the uterus. If the immune system is weakened, it will allow the endometrial cells that shed to attach and grow elsewhere in the body.
* Stress and emotion
During stress and emotion, the adrenal glands produce cortisol which affects the function of the body to cleanse toxins resulting in stimulating the growth of endometriosis.
* Embryonic theory
This theory suggests during the embryonic stage, some endometrial cells which normally grow in the womb instead develop in the abdomen.
* Hormone imbalance
Any imbalance of hormones during the menstrual cycle causes conversion of estrogen into bad estrogen and over-production of prostaglandin, leading to the cervix to contract in facilitating the onset of endometriosis. Nutritional deficiency is also one of the causes of hormone imbalance.
Endometriosis may be genetics passing through from generation to generation or it may result from genetic errors, causing some women to become more likely than others to develop the condition.
* Toxic environment
Study shows that exposing our body to toxins found in pesticides and some harmful waste products may cause hormonal imbalance induced endometriosis developing.
Interaction of our body with certain chemicals causes a disruption of the body's hormones leading to over-production of estrogen converting to xenoestrogen that stimulates the growth of endometriosis.
On finding a potential ingredient for the treatment of endometriosis, researchers examined the effect of curcumin, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative activities.
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(1) Curcumin and endometriosis: Review on potential roles and molecular mechanisms by Arablou T1, Kolahdouz-Mohammadi R. (PubMed)
(2) Curcumin arrests endometriosis by downregulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 activity by Swarnakar S1, Paul S. (PubMed)
(3) The Causes of Endometriosis by Kyle J. Norton