According to a research, childhood abuse was earlier associated with chronic pelvic pain and hypertension but now researchers have revealed that it can also lead to endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition in which the endometrium, the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus, grows outside of it. However, in rare cases, it may also occur in other parts of the body.
The study has also found out that sexual and physical abuse in childhood and adolescence is associated with a greater risk of endometriosis diagnosed during adulthood. A large prospective study conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Dr. Holly R. Harris explained, “Women who reported to severe-chronic abuse of multiple types had a 79% increased risk of laparoscopically-confirmed endometriosis.”
The doctor further added, “Our findings suggest that similar mechanisms may be involved in the association between early abuse and endometriosis diagnosed during adulthood. We need an increased focus on the potential underlying biological mechanisms to fully understand these relationships.”