Genetic Link May Exist Between Endometriosis and Depression
New research led by geneticists from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia has found that depression and endometriosis often coincide
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — New research led by geneticists from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia has found that depression and endometriosis often coincide, along with a variety of gastrointestinal conditions.
The researchers compared data from genetic databases looking for shared genetic risk factors for depression and endometriosis — and found 20 independent locations on the genome that were significant to both conditions, eight of which are new.
Endometriosis can cause severe cramping, painful menstruation, urination, and intercourse. In some cases, it can lead to infertility. The condition has no known cure, but patients can seek treatment to help ease their symptoms, which are usually treated with painkillers, hormone therapy, or surgery.
While studies indicate the condition affects roughly one in 10 women, people with endometriosis go an average of six-and-a-half years before they get a diagnosis, according to Endometriosis Australia.
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