What can be done to prevent the condition?
Endometriosis is not preventable. Early diagnosis and treatment may limit cell growth and help prevent adhesions. Pregnancy,
oral contraceptives, and other hormones seem to delay its onset.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Many women with endometriosis have no long-term problems. Others may have the following conditions:
constant bladder or rectal pain
constant pelvic pain
damage to the kidneys and ureters
irritable bowel syndrome
pelvic or abdominal adhesions
Thirty to 40% of women with endometriosis face infertility. Less than 1% of women with endometriosis develop endometrial cancer.
What are the risks to others?
Endometriosis is not contagious and poses no risk to others.