Breastfeeding may help reduce risk of endometriosis

Breastfeeding may help reduce risk of endometriosis

Women who breastfed for longer periods of time had significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with endometriosis -- a gynecologic disorder characterised by chronic pelvic pain and painful periods, according to researchers.

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Findings:

  • The findings showed that for every three additional months that mothers breastfed per pregnancy.
  • In addition,women experienced an eight per cent drop in risk of endometriosis.
  • Further, women who breastfed exclusively for 18 months.
  • Furthermore,or more across their reproductive lifetime had a nearly 30 per cent lower risk of being diagnosed with endometriosis.
  • For the study,the team analysed 3,296 women who were surgically diagnosed with endometriosis after their first pregnancy.
  • The research team examined how long each woman breastfed, exclusively breastfed.
  • And how much time passed before their first post-partum period.
  • Although for some, the decreased risk was found to be due to post-partum amenorrhea.
  • The temporary absence of menstrual periods that occurs when a woman is breastfeeding.
  • However, for others, breastfeeding was found to influence endometriosis risk through other mechanisms.
  • Breastfeeding changes many of the hormones, including oxytocin, estrogen.
  • In addition,and gonadotropin-releasing hormone besides others, in a woman's body, the researchers said.Read also:Maintaining consistency key to long-term weight loss

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