Endometriosis affects all ages, symptoms can start as early as a girl’s first period and continue long after menopause.
Most people don’t know that little girls can suffer from endometriosis and, therefore, they often suffer the symptoms of endo unmanaged through their early school years. This often continues until ( if ever) they get diagnosed at an older age. Recently a study was done on 101 female fetuses that showed ectopic endometrium in fetuses at multiple gestational ages. This could mean that most endo sufferers were born with it! So why are young girls who suffer so overlooked?1
Also, it is a common misconception that all endo symptoms will go away after menopause. For some women this may be true, but for others it is not. Endo can cause all kinds of secondary effects from adhesions to incontinence that do not go away when periods stop. Once established, even in a low systemic estrogen environments (as seen in postmenopausal women) the endometriotic lesions can produce their own estrogen allowing the disease to continue without effect from the systemic changes of menopause2.
|1||Nothnick, Warren. “Faculty of 1000 Evaluation for Embryologic Origin of Endometriosis: Analysis of 101 Human Female Fetuses.” F1000 - Post-Publication Peer Review of the Biomedical Literature, Apr. 2011, doi:10.3410/f.11739956.12823054.|
|2||Shah, Duru. “Postmenopausal Endometriosis: An Enigma Revisited.” Journal of Mid-Life Health 5.4 (2014): 163–164. PMC. Web. 25 Sept. 2018.|