Research and treatments

Latest news on clinical and scientific research in endometriosis.


Scientists are now closer to understanding pain mechanisms in endometriosis
1 August 2019

Immune cells called macrophages could play a key role in the generation of pain in endometriosis according to research at University of Warwick and University of Edinburgh.

Blood test to diagnose endometriosis
3 April 2019

A blood test claiming to diagnose endometriosis with a ninety percent accuracy will be launched within a year. But is it all that it is cracked up to be?

Diagnostic biomarkers for endometriosis
10 May 2018

Development of low-invasive tests/biomarkers for endometriosis remains a high priority in improving the diagnosis, management, and prognosis (progression/regression) of endometriosis. To date there are no reliable / validated tests.

Endometriosis and hysterectomy
21 March 2018

Hysterectomy does not guarantee a relief from endometriosis-related symptoms and can neither be classified as a “treatment”, nor as a “cure” for endometriosis; it may relieve co-existing adenomyosis.

Endometriosis and cancer
30 January 2018

Cause and effect between endometriosis and cancer has not been established yet, and future studies must prove causality rather than mere association – here is what we presently know about cancer risk factors.

Cancer-associated mutations in endometriosis without cancer
11 May 2017

Cancer-causing gene mutations have been found in lesions of women with deep endometriosis – without being cancerous.

Global multi-site endometriosis collaboration enhanced by WERF EPHect
10 January 2017

National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds five-year project on “integrative analysis of genomic, epigenomic, and phenotypic data for disease stratification of endometriosis”

Women with endometriosis may be at higher risk of coronary heart disease
29 March 2016

Early surgical menopause (hysterectomy) as a “treatment” for endometriosis may contribute to increased risk of heart disease in younger women.

Endometriosis and co-morbidities
23 March 2016

Dr Marina Kvaskoff reviews whether women with endometriosis are a population at risk for major chronic diseases, including cancer, allergies, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.

Pelvic pain may be common among reproductive-age women
20 August 2015

NIH study finds that more women experience (but don’t report) pelvic pain than previously believed and the majority of these have endometriosis. Researchers suggest physicians consider asking about pain during routine visits.

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