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Is Endometriosis Hereditary?

That is an area of research we are particularly focused on right now. 

There is a hereditary component to endometriosis, but it is not as simple as if a mother has endometriosis, then her daughter will get it as well. 

Endometriosis is something we call a “complex disease.” That means there are lots of different genetic factors involved, and there are lots of non-genetic factors involved as well. It is a combination of those risk factors that probably determine your risk profile. 

If a woman is diagnosed with endometriosis, the chance of her daughter also being diagnosed with it eventually is probably two to three times higher than what we call the population risk. If the population risk is about 5 percent, then we are talking about, perhaps, a 10 percent risk. 

So it is certainly not a given by any means. But often, given an endometriosis diagnosis, understandably and rightly, moms and dads are probably more vigilant looking out for symptoms in their daughters, and that is probably a good thing.

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