Severe endometriosis, characterised by pelvic pain during menstruation, could be more likely to affect Asian women than their Western counterparts. The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), observes.
Asian women appear to be more prone to deep infiltrating
endometriosis, the serious form of the disease, than their Western counterparts, shared the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
Why asian women are more prone to endometriosis: A possible explanation
Endometriosis appears to run in families in some cases. There is also evidence that Asian women experience higher levels of bleeding than Caucasians when menstruating.
“That would imply that retrograde menstruation is likely to be more common,” shared the department.
Retrograde menstruation is one of the likeliest explanations for endometriosis. It happens when menstrual blood containing endometrial cells flows back through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity instead of out of the body, and sticks to the walls and surfaces of organs.
Women in Singapore also tend to avoid hormonal contraceptives, unlike European women.
“Among European women, there is a very high percentage of use of oral contraceptives. Contraceptives are a medical treatment for endometriosis. So they are inadvertently protecting themselves against endometriosis while delaying motherhood to pursue their careers. But, the use of hormonal contraception is Singapore is very low,”
the department added.
Among the different races in Singapore, Indian women appear to be less prone to endometriosis than Chinese and Malay women.
Endometriosis in Singaporean women
In 2013, 12 women underwent robotics-assisted surgery for endometriosis at SGH. In 2014, 41 women were treated at SGH for the same condition.
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