Can I reduce the chances of getting endometriosis? (I)

 
 
 

In women in childbearing age, the tissue that lines the uterus get thicker every month during some days, preparing it for a possible pregnancy. If woman doesn’t get pregnant, the body removes surplus cells (called endometrial cells) from the walls of the uterus through the menstrual flow.

Endometriosis occurs when, in an abnormal process that happens each period, these cells grow (and remain) in other areas of the body (ovaries, fallopian tubes, tissues that hold the uterus in place, outer surface of the uterus and lining of the pelvic cavity, mainly). This problem, that leads to pain, irregular bleeding and problems of infertility, is one of the most common health problems for women and can occur in any woman who has menstrual periods (although it is most usual in their 30s and 40s).

Since treatment options for the different consequences of endometriosis include anti-inflammatory drugs, hormone medication and even surgery (with their corresponding adverse effects), the intake of omega-3 fatty acids arises as a good and safe option to reduce the chances of getting endometriosis, as we’ll explain in a next post.