Endometriosis after menopause, usually goes away. However, “Some women continue to experience endometriosis symptoms after menopause”.

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

In Facts About Endometriosis the World Endometriosis Society; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation’s definition is:

“Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel. In very rare cases it has been found on the diaphragm and in the lungs”.

Endometriosis After Menopause

Can I still get endometriosis after menopause?

On the (United States) Mayo Clinic’s endometriosis website Living Better With Endometriosis, in Can I Still Get Endometriosis After Menopause? I’ve Reached Menopause. Can I Still Get Endometriosis? the Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

Endometriosis After Menopause

“Endometriosis is still possible after menopause — though it’s fairly rare. The hormone estrogen likely contributes to endometriosis, and once you reach menopause, your body produces very little estrogen. If you’re in menopause, you might find relief from endometriosis symptoms. But not always. Some women continue to experience endometriosis symptoms after menopause. And there have been reports of women diagnosed with endometriosis after menopause without prior symptoms. Experts aren’t sure why, but factors that might increase the risk include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)…
  • Tamoxifen…”

Endometriosis After MenopauseIn Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms During Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“Usually, endometriosis does go away after menopause. Uncommonly, it can return with the use of menopausal hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT), especially if there is no progestogen component. Even more rarely, it can return for no reason without any hormonal treatment”.

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What if I think I am having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause?

In Endometriosis: Does Endometriosis Go Away After Menopause? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Endometriosis After MenopauseServices, Womenshealth.gov note:

“If you are having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause, talk to your doctor about treatment options”.

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