Relationship between BMI and endometriosis

Dr Sarah J Holdsworth-Carson and Prof Peter Rogers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Women’s Hospital were invited by the Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders to write an editorial titled ‘The complex relationship between body mass index and endometriosis’ about the relationship between BMI and endometriosis.

For a long time an inverse relationship between endometriosis and a women’s body mass index has been known. However, the precise mechanisms and aetiological basis linking body mass index with endometriosis remain unknown. The piece describes other factors that link BMI to endometriosis; including that endometriosis is associated with conditions common to obesity (hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and coronary heart disease). We go on to say that with respect to BMI and “in the context of endometriosis, further research is necessary in women with surgically confirmed disease to improve clinical advice and patient outcomes”.

A link to the full article can be found here: The complex relationship between body mass index and endometriosis