Is it possible to develop endometriosis if I am underweight?

Asked 2 years ago

I have never been a big eater and am underweight. I eat three meals a day, but they are very small portions. My mom has warned me for a long time that my limited diet could affect my fertility and my period when I eventually get it. Now I'm overthinking and wondering if I could potentially develop endometriosis.

Caroline Ikiugu

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus instead grows in other parts of the body e.g. in the fallopian tubes or the ovaries. It's not clearly known what causes endometriosis although research is ongoing. That said, your mom is partly right since being underweight can affect your hormones leading to irregular or skipped periods as well as problems with ovulation. This can eventually cause problems with your fertility and interfere with your ability to conceive.

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