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.
- 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