Skip to main content

Does Endometriosis Get Worse With Age?

Does Endometriosis Get Worse With Age?

Endometriosis is a medical condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (known as the endometrium) grows outside of your uterus. An estimated 10% of women of reproductive age suffer with endometriosis δΈ€ that’s 190 million women around the world who struggle with sometimes debilitating pain. 

If you’re one of those women, you might wonder if your symptoms will get worse with age. 

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, Dr. Essam Taymour and the team at Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group in Long Beach, California, is taking this opportunity to shed light on endometriosis and answer questions about how the condition affects you as you age. 

Endometriosis basics

This is an inflammatory condition that causes tissue that resembles endometrial tissue to grow outside of your uterus. Endometrial lesions can form on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterosacral ligaments.

Endometriosis can cause severe pelvic pain, fertility issues, and a range of symptoms such as painful periods, fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems. The severity of symptoms and the progression of the disease is unique to each individual.

The link between age and endometriosis 

As you age, hormonal fluctuations and changes in reproductive health are inevitable. While it's not accurate to generalize that endometriosis worsens with age for everyone, some trends and factors should be considered.

Hormonal shifts during menopause 

Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent condition, meaning its growth is fueled by estrogen. With age, women typically experience a decline in estrogen levels, especially during menopause. This hormonal shift may lead to a reduction in symptoms for some individuals, according to a 2020 case study. 

There’s only a 2%-5% reported incidence of endometriosis in postmenopausal women compared to the 10% of incidence in women of reproductive age. These numbers indicate that endometriosis doesn’t necessarily get worse with age.

Hormonal shifts during pregnancy 

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can suppress the growth of endometrial tissue and provide a temporary respite. 

Individual factors

The impact of age on your endometriosis symptoms varies from person to person. While some may find relief as they age, others might continue to experience symptoms or even see a progression of the condition. 

Delayed diagnosis

Endometriosis is often diagnosed in women of reproductive age, but it can persist beyond menopause. A delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can contribute to ongoing symptoms regardless of your age.

What can you do about endometriosis?

If you’re experiencing pelvic pain, regardless of your age, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group team. We offer a variety of options to help reduce your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Taymour may recommend:

If you’re experiencing painful symptoms of endometriosis, take action this March for Endometriosis Awareness Month and schedule your appointment today. Give us a call at 562-595-5331 or request an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Which Form of Birth Control Is Right for Me?

Family planning can help you determine the size and timing of your family. There are many types of birth control that help you do this, but which form is best for you? Read on to explore your options.
Myths and Facts About Uterine Fibroids

Myths and Facts About Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign growths that form on smooth muscle tissue, and although they’re common, there’s a lot of myths circulating about them. Can you sort fact from fiction? Read on to learn more.
Can I Get Pregnant If I Have Endometriosis?

Can I Get Pregnant If I Have Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is notorious for causing painful periods, but it can also affect your fertility. Continue reading to learn more about how endometriosis affects your chances of becoming pregnant.

My Incontinence Is Embarrassing: Can You Help?

Incontinence can lead to increased urgency, increased frequency, and, unfortunately, embarrassing leaks. If you’re struggling with incontinence, continue reading to learn how we can help you get relief.
I Think I Have an STD: What Should I Do?

I Think I Have an STD: What Should I Do?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are more common than you might think. If you suspect that you have one, you want to know what you should do. In this guide, we break it down step-by-step with your next actions.