Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial cells (cells that form the lining of the uterus) begin growing elsewhere in the body. The endometrial tissue implants itself onto the surface of the tissue or organ where it has been deposited and begins to grow.
Endometriosis is very difficult to diagnose, because the symptoms are not well understood, and vary from one woman to the next. The condition is known to be associated with severe period pain and infertility. Some women may not have any symptoms at all.
Currently, the causes of endometriosis are still unknown. Surgery and pain management are currently the only treatments for endometriosis and there is no cure.
Our research focuses on:
- researching menstrual and physical characteristics that may indicate an increased or decreased risk of endometriosis
- understanding the genetics that may influence endometriosis risk.
Our recent research has found:
- being overweight at 10 years old doubles the risk of developing endometriosis later in life
- having strong period pain often may double the risk of endometriosis development
- beginning menstruation after 14 years of age decreases endometriosis risk.
Research groups involved in endometriosis research
- Genetic Epidemiology.
- Gynaecological Cancers Group.
- Molecular Cancer Epidemiology.
- Statistical Genetics.